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The V&A opens its heart


A year ago, when we visited, we had no idea anything was going on.

A blinding sheet of white light bursts through the stone colonnade of the V&A, casting a glow across the grey paving stones of Exhibition Road. Catching the sunlight on its 11,000 handmade porcelain tiles, the museum’s new courtyard seems to burn with a molten luminosity, signalling the climax of its most ambitious building project in a century.

Amanda Levete’s dazzling new porcelain piazza brilliantly reunites the museum with the Kensington streets. But the giant new jewellery box of a gallery lurking below ground is the real star of the show.

Amazing architect. Stunning work. You won't catch us napping next time we visit.

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