Permanent Galleries - V&A Medieval & Renaissance Galleries

DHA Designs were responsible for the lighting scheme of the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries working closely with architects MUMA and the project and curatorial teams of the V&A. The project’s duration from concept to finish was five years.  The challenge was to make the galleries feel light and airy, whilst maintaining conservation lighting levels, and integrating the responsive artificial lighting with the daylighting.

Highlights include the stained glass displays which are both backlit and framed by light; and Gallery 50, a 16m high space with grandeur and breath taking objects.  
The galleries have had a wonderful response, with the Sunday Times critic Waldemar Januszczak describing them as "stunning", "awesome" and "beautiful" and singling out the lighting for special praise in his piece in the Sunday Times' 'The Best of the Decade', 13/12/09. 

The project was shortlisted for a Lighting Design Award in 2011.

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