V&A and RIBA open UK’s first permanent architecture gallery and study rooms

The Victoria & Albert Museum [V&A] and the Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA] opened a new Architecture Gallery at the V&A on November 18, 2004, the UK’s first permanent architecture gallery. The gallery features highlights from their world-class collections of drawings, models, photographs and architectural fragments as well as important loans. The gallery has been designed as an introduction to architecture for students and the general visitor and displays 180 exhibits from across the ages featuring some of the world’s most famous architects and buildings. Highlights include a capital from the Pantheon, drawings by Palladio, Vanburgh, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, and a fly-through of Zaha Hadid’s Phaeno Science Centre in Germany due for completion in 2005.

The V&A and RIBA also opened a new Study Room in the Henry Cole wing of the V&A to the public. These extensive facilities house more than 1 million drawings and manuscripts from the RIBA’s Drawings and Manuscripts Collections as well as the V&A’s collections of architectural drawings photographs and archives. This forms the world’s most comprehensive architectural resource for architects, specialists and general audiences. It represents every major British architect from the late 16th century to the present day and contains the national collection on British architecture.

The total cost of the new gallery, study room and archives is 10 million with supporting outreach, education and conservation work. The start of the project has been made possible by the Architecture for All fundraising campaign including a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of 3.27 million and an anonymous donation of 1.8 million.

For more information, please visit www.vam.ac.uk