Being nosey, I like to look over ledges and through gaps into hidden spaces. One of the most intriguing of these has been a faintly grubby series of 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. Friday was the V&A members’ opportunity to get first peek at the new opening.
This is looking back toward the newly opened screen, I especially like the ominous cloud hovering over the Natural History Museum.
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.
This vast space will house temporary exhibitions, so seeing it empty won’t happen often.
I love the way that the triangular skylights set at ground level let natural light into the subterranean space.
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?