V&A museum to turn back time

V&A museum to turn back time

The refurbishment of the European galleries in London’s Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum will embrace the original Victorian architecture at the expense of 1970s alterations.

Locally-based firm Zombory-Moldovan Moore Architects is providing a reactionary interpretation of the V&A’s Europe 1600-1800 galleries, the largest section to be refurbished as part of the second phase of the museum’s Future Plan.

The redesign will involve stripping back the 1970s cladding to reveal the original Aston Webb architecture from 1900, as well as the reclamation of more than 350m2 of unused display space.

Windows will be reinstated to maximise natural light and the teak parquet floors will be restored. The refurbished galleries are due to reopen in 2014.

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