The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated the V&A) has revealed renderings for a new project: V&A East, which will comprise a museum designed by Dublin-based O’Donnell + Tuomey, and a research center designed by our friends at Diller Scofidio + Renfro. V&A East will be located within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London: the museum will comprise two galleries to showcase V&A collections, and the research center will constitute a new state-of-the-art model for collection storage and public display: conceived as a vertically organized program, it will house 250,K objects from the V&A’s collections of fashion, textiles, sculpture, furniture, painting, ceramics, glass, design and architecture. Says Elizabeth Diller, Partner, DS+R, “[Stepping into] V&A East will be like stepping into an immersive cabinet of curiosities—a three-dimensional sampling of the eclectic collection of artifacts, programmed with diverse spaces for research, object study, workshops, and back-of-house functions.” Both venues of V&A East will be open to families, students of all ages, artists and designers, and tourists.
After beating out a group of 107 teams of international renown, the team consisting of our friends at Woods Bagot and Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been selected by Arts South Australia (the Australian Government’s ministry for funding for the arts and cultural heritage) to build an arts facility in Adelaide, state capital of South Australia, which will sit at the edge of a Botanic Garden near the Art Gallery of South Australia. The museum includes a sculpture park and, it is hoped, will become the foremost repository of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the country. The designers call their scheme a “soft beacon” which follows the sloping grade of the building site. While by day the glassy structure will reflect the sky, at night the galleries will glow from within, offering glimpses inside at the collection to passersby. The plan also includes floating “sky galleries” on the top floor, and a suspended rooftop garden which in its design pays tribute to the site’s precolonial landscape, the traditional lands of the Karuna people.