V&A Lecture Theatre

Nissen Richards Studio, London, 2011


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  • Plan and section    
  • Sections A-A and B-B    
  • Sections C-C and D-D    
  • Section A-A - decorations    
  • Section B-B - decorations    
  • Sections C-C and D-D - decorations    
  • Pattern stencil    
  • Existing plan    

Refurbishment of the existing Grade I listed lecture theatre at the Victoria & Albert Museum including designs for a new decorative acoustic lining

The existing designs within the cupola ceiling have been used as inspiration for a subtle pattern, developed with a scenic painter using varnish, to the timber lining that surrounds the space. These motifs just catch the light from certain angles and create a clear, modern feel that retains a memory of the past.

The new cladding of the sound box complements the lining, and adds another contemporary element to the theatre in a refurbishment that required close collaboration with an acoustic consultant and English Heritage.


  • Begun: Nov 2010
  • Completed: Feb 2011
  • Floor area: 290m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £50,000
  • Procurement: Bespoke V&A contract
  • Address: V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, United Kingdom

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