LONDON––Celebrating it’s first anniversary earlier this summer, Victoria and Albert museum’s new Exhibition Road Quarter, which features a public courtyard paved in 11,000 handmade porcelain tiles, has given a major boost to the museum’s visitor numbers.
ArchDaily writes ta variety of glazes give the tiles myriad tones.
Fifteen different linear patterns decorate the tiles covering the 1,200-square meter Sackler Courtyard. The deliberate pattern of the tiles derived from the organization of trusses that support the courtyard space. The roof of the cafe and shop which emerge from the ground plane is covered in 4,300 additional tiles.
The redesign, by AL_A Amanda Levete Architects, also includes the a new entrance and the new Sainsbury Gallery,––the largest architectural intervention and restoration of the site in more than 100 years.
Providing a new entrance, courtyard and purpose-built gallery for temporary exhibitions, the Exhibition Road Quarter will showcase the best of contemporary design, as well as celebrating the beauty of the V&A’s existing building.
The museum adds over one and a half million visitors to the V&A have entered via the new V&A Exhibition Road Quarter––a record breaking tally.
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