The design proposal for the new Photography Galleries at the V&A celebrates the inherent spatial quality of the Grade II listed picture galleries. The galleries are enhanced and preserved, revealing the original spatial qualities of each room as the backdrop for the exhibitions. Further, display furniture inhabit the rooms who's materiality and detailing reference the sophisticated precision of the camera as an object.
A variety of zones are loosely defined through the use of flexible exhibition display furniture in an intervention of minimal impact on the fabric of the building. These different zones provide the framework for the curatorial selection of exhibition material of various scales and requirements.