V&A Photography Centre

A place for engaging with one of the world's foremost collections of photography in the world's leading museum of design

DKA has been appointed following a design competition to design a new photography centre for the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). The project forms part of an ambitious two-phased FuturePlan development project to dramatically reimagine the display of the photographic collection at the V&A. The first phase is set to open in Autumn 2018. 

The museum has recently secured the Royal Photographic Society's collection to add to its own which will make one of the most significant collections of photographs in the world. The Centre will be ground-breaking for its scale and the variety of ways in which audiences will be able to engage with the collection.

The design celebrates the original features of the V&A’s nineteenth-century picture galleries, while creating a rich variation of atmosphere through the use of lighting, and clever climate control to ensure a stable environment for fragile artworks. A modular system of display cases that can be easily reconfigured will allow for greater flexibility and varied displays of a wide range of objects, from photographs to cameras, publications and archive materials, exploring the relationship between art and technology.

David Bickle, Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan at the V&A, said: “We were delighted with the quality and inventiveness of DKA’s submission for the V&A Photography Centre, which answered the brief in the most effective and creative way. DKA’s design fuses traditional gallery spaces with new interactive interventions that will completely revolutionise how visitors engage with the V&A’s photography collection.”