Earlier this month Adam and I spent a very cold and wet Sunday morning in the V&A museum in South Kensington, London. It was the final day of their exhibition charting their latest extension at the museum and with Adam being a massive building geek (professional translation = Architect
) we headed over whilst we still had a chance to see what was on display.
The permanent architecture section is on floor 4, the top floor of the building. If you go, take the stairs, they're super wide marble steps that take you back in time. The V&A is one of my favourite London spaces. It's without a doubt one of the best museums in the world and we're pretty lucky to have it on our doorstep. It's super accessible too, being free (Bonus!
) * Some exhibitions do charge.*
The permanent architecture exhibition displays houses, offices, train stations and schools in various scales following their conception and uses. Even as a non-architect it was super interesting to see how someone's sketch and material selection ends up in a fully functional building.
I didn't actually take any snaps of the pop up exhibition about the V&A's latest extension as it was full of people also trying to take a look before it closed. Whilst the exhibition is now closed, the staff and volunteers are really knowledgable about the building and it's history so you can still get the same info in a different form.
After visiting architecture, we wandered briefly through sculpture, then made a b-line for the latest extension to see it brought to life.
As an adopted Londoner, the Victoria & Albert museum
is a real cultural treasure that's right on my doorstep, that I love to spend time in and is always offering something new and exciting to explore.
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