The V&A this morning announced the winning team of its competition to design the new Collection & Research Centre planned for Here East in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with Austin-Smith:Lord and Studio Adrien Gardère, were selected from a shortlist of five firms which also included 6a, Gareth Hoskins Architects, Haworth Tompkins and AOC as well as Robbrecht en Daem and DRDH.
The new center will widen access to the V&A's vast collection of art and design objects that are not currently on display and provide new spaces for research and learning activities as well as other public programs.
"It is thrilling to contribute to a new wave of rethinking how London's cultural institutions can reconnect to the city - from the Cultural Mile to the developments emerging in Queen Elizabeth Park," DS+R Partner Elizabeth Diller commented upon learning about the competition outcome.
"We’re excited to start experimenting with the V&A on this new model
for collection storage
and public display at Here East. Planned from
the inside-out, V&A East will be like stepping into an
cabinet of curiosities—a three-dimensional sampling of the eclectic
artifacts, programmed with diverse spaces for research,
object study, workshops, and back-of-house
functions. We aspire to
design an institution that invites the public to unpack and explore the
of an otherwise hidden collection of remarkable things," Diller said.
The new center is scheduled to open in 2023.
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