Hoskins Architects in collaboration with Snohetta, were shortlisted as one of seven finalists for the competition for a new extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This prestigious project for a new underground gallery, above which will be a courtyard housing a café and outdoor events space is to be located on the Boiler House Yard site, which fronts onto Exhibition Road. The competition attracted an initial 110 international submissions.
The team's proposals are conceived as a natural theatre; the graduating surface the setting for both viewer and performer. The sweeping stone floor links the upper and lower levels in one gently sloping surface and provides for seating, stair, ramp and terrace. The courtyard caters for a multitude of uses; a natural entrance - leading visitors down to the main museum level; informal seating - a warm and inviting gathering space for visitors; a sunlight café terrace and an ideal setting for a corporate event or art installation.