V&A EAST COLLECTION & RESEARCH CENTRE

The new V&A Collection and Research Centre seeks to reinvent the idea of a museum store. With a design led by New York-based practice Diller Scofidio + Renfro (and supported by Austin-Smith:Lord), the Collection and Research Centre will bring treasures out of storage and into public view for the first time in generations.

The Collections and Research Centre will be located within the Here East building in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London’s East End and will open in 2023. It will be a purpose-built home for 250,000 objects and an additional 917 archives from the V&A’s collection of fashion, textiles, furniture, theatre and performance, metalwork, ceramics, glass, sculpture, architecture, paintings and product design.

V&A East Collections & Research Centre

V&A East Collection & Research Centre

The new V&A Collection and Research Centre seeks to reinvent the idea of a museum store. With a design led by New York-based practice Diller Scofidio + Renfro (and supported by Austin-Smith:Lord), the Collection and Research Centre will bring treasures out of storage and into public view for the first time in generations.

The Collections and Research Centre will be located within the Here East building in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London’s East End and will open in 2023. It will be a purpose-built home for 250,000 objects and an additional 917 archives from the V&A’s collection of fashion, textiles, furniture, theatre and performance, metalwork, ceramics, glass, sculpture, architecture, paintings and product design.

The V&A East project, comprising the Collections and Research Centre and a new museum at Stratford Waterfront designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey, will revolutionise how the V&A’s world-leading collection of art, design and performance are accessed, explored and experienced. V&A East will also host a unique and unprecedented partnership between the V&A and the Smithsonian Institution – the largest museum and research complex in the world. 

Images © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

V&A East is timely and ambitious, allowing everyone to discover the national collections we look after in entirely new ways. With a 360-degree view of the V&A’s work – from collecting and conservation to experimental research and development – this future-facing project will bring art, design and performance into dialogue with current affairs, and will inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and the makers of the future.

 Whether in Stratford, South Kensington, Scotland or Shenzhen, we are continuing to open up the vast collection that the V&A holds on the nation’s behalf, and we hope the V&A East becomes a place that sparks the imagination for generations to come.

Tristram Hunt – V&A Director

LOCATION: LONDON

CLIENT: V&A

VALUE: NOT DISCLOSED

COMMENCED: 2018
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE
SECTOR: ARTS & CULTURE
LEAD ARCHITECT: DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO
EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD

STRUCTURES: ARUP
SERVICES: ARUP
COST CONSULTANT: GARDINER & THEOBALD
PROJECT MANAGER: ARTELIA
PRINCIPAL DESIGN ADVISERS: ORSA