London (CNN)One of the year’s most anticipated architectural endeavors, the Exhibition Road Quarter designed by Amanda Levete and her practice, AL_A, opens today at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Intended as a meeting point, public square and, of course, museum entrance, the pristine surfaces and crisp lines of the Exhibition Road Quarter sit in direct conversation with the ornate, 19th-century architecture of the original V&A building.
“Working in a building as historic and as beautiful as the V&A was maybe the opposite of a constraint,” says Levete. “If you can negotiate the threshold between modernity and history, then something is really beginning to connect and speak between the two centuries.”
British architect Amanda Levete will be CNN Style’s guest editor in the summer of 2017.
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