Saturday19 August 2017

Carmody Groarke lands V&A prize

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New Members’ Room to open next year

Carmody Groarke has seen off four others to land a scheme to design a new Members’ Room for the V&A in London.

The firm, which was behind the RIBA’s new gallery at its Portland Place headquarters, beat David Kohn Architects, SHH Architects, Universal Design Studio and Ordinary Architecture, founded by ex-FAT man Charles Holland.

The competition, organised by Platform 5 Consultants, attracted initial interest from around 200 practices, with 79 submissions being made by architects from across the world.

The brief is to create a flexible and atmospheric space on the second floor of the museum which will overlook the courtyard being created as part of Amanda Levete’s Exhibition Road project. It will serve the museum’s growing membership.

David Bickle, the museum’s director of design, exhibitions and future plan said: “Carmody Groarke’s proposal created a stage not the performance, responding to our brief and the heritage of the museum in a loose, relaxed, conversational way.”

Design work is due to start straight away with the space set to open towards the end of next year.



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