V&A unveils plans for new sites designed by o'donnell + tuomey and diller scofidio + renfro
 

V&A unveils plans for new sites designed by o'donnell + tuomey and diller scofidio + renfro

the V&A has unveiled plans for a pair new sites to be built in london’s queen elizabeth olympic park: a museum designed by o’donnell + tuomey, and a collection and research centre by diller scofidio + renfro. billed as ‘V&A east’, the two buildings are scheduled to open in 2023 as part of ‘east bank’ — an ambitious £1.1 billion development that seeks to build on the legacy of the city’s 2012 olympic games.

V&A unveils plans for new sites designed by o'donnell + tuomey and diller scofidio + renfro
the new V&A museum at stratford waterfront has been designed by o’donnell + tuomey
image © o’donnell + tuomey / ninety90

 

 

designed by dublin-based firm o’donnell + tuomey, the new five-storey museum building will ‘provide a panoramic view of the designed world, and offer contemporary and cross-cultural perspectives’. two galleries will showcase the full range of the V&A’s collections, with a program of major exhibitions sitting alongside new commissions, installations, and interdisciplinary collaborations and projects. meanwhile, three outdoor terraces will offer sweeping views across the adjacent olympic park.

V&A unveils plans for new sites designed by o'donnell + tuomey and diller scofidio + renfro
the five-storey structure will ‘provide a panoramic view of the designed world’
image © o’donnell + tuomey / ninety90

 

 

the museum’s inaugural exhibition in 2023 will be a co-production by the V&A and the smithsonian — the world’s largest museum and research complex. the partnership seeks to bridge the fields of art, design, science, and the humanities by exploring issues and themes that resonate with contemporary society.

V&A unveils plans for new sites designed by o'donnell + tuomey and diller scofidio + renfro
the building will offer sweeping views across the adjacent olympic park
image © o’donnell + tuomey / ninety90

 

 

a ten minute walk away, the V&A’s new collection and research centre has been designed by diller scofidio + renfro, supported by austin-smith:lord. here, visitors will be invited on behind-the-scenes journeys that uncover and demonstrate how and why objects are collected, how they are cared for, conserved, researched and displayed, and how they help make sense of our past, present and future.

V&A unveils plans for new sites designed by o'donnell + tuomey and diller scofidio + renfro
the new V&A collection and research centre has been designed by DS+R
image © diller scofidio + renfro

 

 

the centre, which promises to ‘reinvent the idea of a museum store’ will be a purpose-built home for 250,000 objects and an additional 917 archives spanning the breadth of the V&A’s collection. a central public hall will present a rich array of objects on rotating display for visitors to explore. highlights will include frank lloyd wright’s 1930s office for edgar j. kaufmann — a unique and complete 20th-century plywood interior — and a 15th-century marquetry ceiling from the now-destroyed altamira palace near toledo, spain.

V&A unveils plans for new sites designed by o'donnell + tuomey and diller scofidio + renfro
the collection and research centre shown with the altamira palace ceiling installed
image © diller scofidio + renfro

 

 

other areas will host pop-up displays, workshops, performances, and screenings alongside live encounters with the museum’s work — from conservation and research to exhibition preparation. in addition, a dedicated viewing gallery will be created to showcase a changing display of rarely-seen large rolled objects from the V&A’s collection of theater stage cloths, carpets, textiles, tapestries and paintings.

V&A unveils plans for new sites designed by o'donnell + tuomey and diller scofidio + renfro
render shows natalia goncharova’s backcloth design for the finale of ‘l’oiseau de feu’ (the firebird), c.1926
image © ADAGP, paris and DACS, london / diller scofidio + renfro

V&A unveils plans for new sites designed by o'donnell + tuomey and diller scofidio + renfro
display spaces have been designed to be as flexible as possible
image © diller scofidio + renfro

V&A unveils plans for new sites designed by o'donnell + tuomey and diller scofidio + renfro
performances can take place in the central public collection hall
image © diller scofidio + renfro

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