V&A Museum of Childhood Renewal, London

V&A Museum of Childhood London Renewal, Bethnal Green Architecture Photos

V&A Museum of Childhood Renewal

Bethnal Green Building Refurbishment, east London – design by De Matos Ryan & AOC, Architects

16 Mar 2019

This Autumn, AOC will reveal concept designs that reimagine how visitors experience this much-loved institution, including three new gallery spaces, to transform it into a world-leading museum of design and creativity for children, families and young people.

As lead designers for the redevelopment project, AOC are engaging a team of sub-consultants including a materials specialist, a digital strategist and a furniture designer and will work closely with the appointed architects for the base-build, De Matos Ryan.

Geoff Shearcroft, Gill Lambert and Tom Coward, AOC in the V&A Museum of Childhood:
AOC in the V&A Museum of Childhood London
photo © Phil Sharp

V&A Museum of Childhood Renewal

Thursday 14 March
AOC win competition to lead fit-out of V&A Museum of Childhood redevelopment

Building Design: De Matos Ryan

Redevelopment lead designers: AOC

East London-based architecture and design practice AOC have won a competition for the fit-out of the most ambitious transformation of the V&A Museum of Childhood in its 145-history.

This Autumn, AOC will unveil concept designs that reimagine how visitors experience this much-loved institution, including three new gallery spaces, to transform it into a world-leading museum of design and creativity for children, families and young people.

As lead designers for the redevelopment project, AOC are engaging a team of sub-consultants including a materials specialist, a digital strategist and a furniture designer and will work closely with the appointed architects for the base-build, De Matos Ryan.

AOC will develop their plans to meet the needs of young people in the 21st century, to build creative confidence and equip them with skills and knowledge critical in today’s fast-changing world. The V&A’s world-class collections are at the heart of this new mission. The redevelopment will significantly increase the number of objects currently on display and will draw on the full scope of the V&A’s collections of art, design and performance.

Geoff Shearcroft, Gill Lambert and Tom Coward, AOC in the V&A Museum of Childhood:
AOC V&A Museum of Childhood Bethnal Green
photo © Phil Sharp

Geoff Shearcroft, Director of AOC: “The transformation of the historic V&A Museum of Childhood provides a fantastic opportunity to develop new ways for young people and their families to explore and engage with the V&A’s world-class collections in the twenty-first century. We are looking forward to developing a public building that is both an essential civic space for Bethnal Green and a physically and socially interactive museum for multi-generational and inter-cultural audiences.”

Philippa Simpson, V&A Director of Design and FuturePlan: “The V&A are thrilled to be working with AOC on this seminal project. Their response to our challenging brief outlined an exciting and ambitious approach to working openly with our community and our wider audience, as well as a deep understanding of the museum as a vehicle for social change. They will play a critical role in realizing the V&A’s mission to create a museum filled with joy and optimism, a place where everyone can see the potential of design to change the world.”

Photographs below © Adrian Welch

V&A Museum of Childhood London building

The project to transform the museum is in its second year and is currently in the design and content development phase. Co-design with school children, families, teachers, community groups will continue to be championed throughout the project and carried forward into future programming and operations after the museum relaunches.

It builds on recent initiatives including A Pirate’s Life For Me (runs until 22 April 2019), designed collaboratively with children, and Kids Takeover Day in which local primary school children take over operations of the museum for the day.

V&A Museum of Childhood London building

In May 2019, Gina Koutsika will join the V&A Museum of Childhood as Creative and Skills Director. Working within the V&A Learning Department and with the V&A’s curatorial and design teams, Koutsika will oversee delivery of the project and develop an expanded and refocused exhibition and events programme to match the ambition of the redevelopment project. Her approach will be informed by the latest research in child psychology, designing for play and education.

V&A Museum of Childhood London building

The V&A Museum of Childhood is an integral member of the V&A family of museums and galleries – alongside the V&A in South Kensington, V&A Gallery at Design Society in Shenzhen and V&A Dundee. With two new sites planned for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, including a museum on Stratford Waterfront and Collections and Research Centre, the V&A is defining a new and exciting future in East London.

V&A Museum of Childhood London building

About AOC
AOC is a practice of architects and designers established in 2005. Based in East London, the studio is best known for its public buildings, cultural institutions, educational projects and exhibition designs. The practice has experience working with public and private collections, such as the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection, to create civic spaces that are physically and socially interactive. They have built a reputation for the quality of their designs, winning RIBA, Design Museum Designs of the Year and New London awards. Current projects include the redevelopment of The National Archives’ brutalist icon in Kew; and Somerset House Studios, the transformation of the Grade I-listed former Inland Revenue offices into a contemporary arts centre.

V&A Museum of Childhood London building

About the V&A Museum of Childhood
The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is part of the V&A family of sites and the UK’s National Museum of Childhood. It is the largest institution of its kind in the world and holds in trust the nation’s childhood collections, with a unique story to tell as East London’s first museum. In October 2018, the museum announced plans for a transformative redevelopment project that will enable the much-loved institution to become a world-leading museum of design and creativity for children, families and young people. This new vision and purpose will address a growing deficit in design education, crisis in play and highlight the essential role that creativity plays in developing skills needed for the future.

V&A Museum of Childhood London Redevelopment in Bethnal Green information / images from V&A 140319

AOC

de Matos Storey Ryan

17 Sep 2011

Museum of Childhood Bethnal Green

Museum of Childhood Refurbishment – V&A

Cambridge Heath Road
Renewal date: 2006/07
Design: Caruso St John Architects

Museum of Childhood London

Location: just north of Bethnal Green tube station

Address: Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA

Hours: 10:00 am – 5:45 pm, check with operators

Phone: 020 8983 5200

Opened: 1872

Original Architect: James William Wild

Caruso St John

Location: Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London, UK




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