Being nosey, I like to look over ledges and through gaps into hidden spaces.  One of my favourites has disappeared to become the new opening at the V&A.   Once upon a time there was a series of faintly grubby arches at the back of the V&A running along Exhibition Road.  Now I need peer no longer, for the arches have been cleaned, the boilers that they obscured removed and a whole new gallery and entrance to the museum created.

New Opening at the V&A

Architect, Amanda Levete has created a dazzling white courtyard.  Looking back through the newly opened screen, to the Natural History Museum the contrast between the glowing white and deep red is stark.  Look again at those white tiles, some of them are finely striped in yellow.  Don’t look down too much or will be in danger of taking a tumble down the stairs.

Up stairs and down stairs in the new V&A entrance

One set of stairs goes up and one goes down, I know this because I tried to go up the down ones and got told off.  When presented with a set of up and down stairs it is a boon to have a twin to scamper up and down the steps spotting each other as you go.

Amanda Levete designed Gallery space V&A

This vast space will house temporary exhibitions, so seeing it empty won’t happen often.

Amanda Levete skylights V&A courtyard

I love the way that the triangular skylights set at ground level let natural light into the subterranean space.  It will be interesting to see if how the light gets used when exhibitions are in place.

Amanda Levete courtyard V&A

Once back up having used the correct set of stairs, this is the view into the newly created courtyard.  Everything is very light and airy, very different to heavy Victorian galleries in the rest of the museum.

Now there are two main entrances (well, three if you count the small one accessed via the foot tunnel from South Kensington tube) my choice will not only be which gallery to visit but which entrance to choose.  Which one would you head to?





  1. Kirsten Hesketh
    July 1, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    the one nearest to the restaurant xx

  2. July 2, 2017 / 12:53 am

    Looks all very new and modern, it made me smile you going up the stairs the wrong way, my kids always get told off for this.

  3. July 2, 2017 / 6:30 am

    That does look impressive and correct me if I’m wrong, but an exhibition aimed at kids will be one of the first, yes? It’s a museum I have never been to and I think you have given me an excuse to visit. been over the road to the Science and Natural History museums many a time, but never the V&A.

    • Catherine
      July 2, 2017 / 8:25 am

      I think the first exhibition will be all about Opera but the V&A has many excellent things for children to do. We have spent many happy hours in their free workshops

  4. July 2, 2017 / 6:51 am

    Fabulous pics, you’ve shown off the new space beautifully from many angles. I love the big open room and the skylights in particular. #MySundayPhoto

  5. July 2, 2017 / 8:48 am

    What an inspiring location!! Great impressions. #MySundayPhoto

  6. July 2, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Hi Catherine, haha, I can imagine you being told off for going up the wrong set of stairs! I do like a browse around a museum and would probably try all three entrances, just because!


    • Catherine
      July 2, 2017 / 10:43 am

      Always best to explore all options!

  7. bavariansojourn
    July 2, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Oh my gosh it looks stunning! Such gorgeous spaces. I usually get told off at the V&A too for some reason! 🙂 #sundayphoto

  8. July 2, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    What a great space. Love the light from the triangular skylights too!

  9. July 2, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    I love this place but haven’t been in around 8 years so going over summer might be something I have to do! I don’t think I’ve ever seen it empty like that!

  10. July 2, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Wow, it looks very fresh, and strange to see it empty. Great chance to have an early nosy

    • Catherine
      July 2, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Trying to imagine it full of stuff and failing!

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