top of page
V&A Museum of Childhood, London
Image by FHL2
V&A Museum of Childhood

Architect: Caruso St John Architects

Client: Victoria & Albert Museum

Project completion: 2007


Although designated as a building for children, the original museum entry and layout was far from suitable and far from accessible. The primary objective of the refurbishment brief was to address these shortcomings.


David Bonnett Associates (DBA) commenced its input by undertaking  an access audit in order to fully understand the layout, its restrictions and the opportunities for improvement. The number of children likely to visit at any one time is considerable including accompanying parents and teaching staff. To facilitate such numbers, movement into and through the building has to be fully accessible while avoiding congestion. It also has to allow for considerable cloakroom space and areas for lunch, in addition to the exhibition spaces and class rooms. A particular challenge was achieving step-free emergency escape from the lower ground classroom and cloaks level.


DBA worked directly with the architects Caruso St John and the museum director and staff in achieving the objective of the brief. These objectives were met within the context of a listed building with work phased to ensure the museum remained open. The renovated museum has since received various awards for its design. 

RIBA London Award 2007
Anchor 1
V&A Museum of Childhood
Image by David Hawgood 
More Projects:
Talk about a project?

Get in contact

If you would like to work with us, please fill in the fee proposal enquiry below. If you would like to discuss the project in advance just send an email or phone. We turn around fee enquiries quickly, especially when provided with full details of the brief.

The Institution of Civil Engineers, London
The Team
bottom of page