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Häfele were thrilled to supply several sets of Hawa Super 500/A sliding door systems to our customer, iSee Doorset Solutions, who were tasked with providing access solutions for the V&A’s new exhibition space. Häfele were asked to specify a system that was simultaneously heavy-load bearing and aesthetically appealing. Whilst fulfilling this brief, the Hawa Super 500/A also has the benefit of supporting various fitting options with the upper track being wall mounted or ceiling mounted.
The challenging task of creating the new exhibition space to accommodate the V&A’s headline exhibitions was pioneered by London Based Architectural firm, Amanda Levete Architects.
AL_A says: “AL_A’s project will unlock the potential to bring new audiences into the V&A, breaking down the separation between street and museum, and taking the V&A onto Exhibition Road and Exhibition Road into the V&A […] The 6,360m² Exhibition Road scheme is an engineering feat with extraordinarily challenging structural works, all carried out while the Museum remained fully accessible to the public.” The project was 6 years in the making, and the Museum’s largest architectural project in over 100 years – reflecting the scale and importance of the design. Häfele are proud to have been part of such a historic project.
The new entrance, courtyard and gallery was opened by HRH Duchess of Cambridge in June 2017, unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the Exhibition Road Quarter.