Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, V&A Museum

MUMA, London, 2009


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Glass beams spanning over existing parapet 

McInnes Usher McKnight Architects     Download Original

  • Glass beams spanning over existing parapet    
  • View of Brompton Oratory accross new glazed roof    
  • Glas Beams disappearing into existing masonry wallst    
  • remodelled Corinthian columns    
  • New arch and glass lift shaft    
  • Five ring arch and Balustrade    
  • Completed stair from below    
  • View looking up side of stair to glazed roof above    
  • Stair slipping past existing wall    
  • Corner of Landing    
  • First fix stainless steel backing plate    
  • Looking up to suspended concrete slab within glazed enclosure    
  • Site plan    
  • Section through new Daylit Gallery & hub    
  • Daylit Gallery view from south east corner    
  • Section remodelled into an elevation    
  • Development sketch of new arrangement    
  • Remodelled cross section    
  • Hub stair section    
  • Hub stair elevation    
  • Section through glass enclosure    
  • DLG roof high end    
  • DLG roof low end    
  • Detail Section through Balustrade    
  • Detail section through high point of roof    
  • Detailed elevation of balustrade    
  • Section through suspended concrete slab and glazed enclosure    

Relocation of V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries to the re-modelled Aston-Webb wing, with restored ornate doorways and modern glass roof installation

Ten galleries display display 1,800 objects from the rare medieval and renaissance collections in a roughly chronological progression.

The existing 1909 Aston Webb rooms have been reconfigured into ten new inter-linked galleries, featuring a central orientation space with floating stairs and lift linking all floors of the museum for the first time. This space also incorporates the Bonita Trust study area and a relaxation zone.

Structural glass beams, spanning up to 9m have been used to create a new day-lit gallery with translucent undulating roof providing natural lighting to the new artifacts on display.


  • Begun: Jan 2008
  • Completed: Dec 2009
  • Floor area: 3,200m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £2.3M
  • Funding: Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Procurement: GC Works with Quantities
  • Address: V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, United Kingdom

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