The Spiral: Extension to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

  • Daniel Libeskind


The Spiral Extension to the Victoria & Albert Museum shares in the spirit of the twin inscriptions carved on Cromwell Tower Entrance, ”Inspiration” and ”Knowledge”, and carries that message into the concrete space and content of the new extension. The building goes beyond the habitual division between programme and history, form and function, architecture and engineering, by offering new possibilities within the horizon of an evolving cultural and educational resource. The Spiral is not just another box filling an empty lot, but a celebration of public activities in a unique historical setting. The building represents a new awareness of the central role of contemporary museology, technology, arts and crafts, in sustaining tradition and education in a spectacular cultural setting, central not only to London, but to Europe as a whole.