Kim Wilkie beats the world’s finest for V&A job

Designer promises to make one ot the most elegant gardens in London

Kim Wilkie Associates, who fought off world-class competitors to land the design for the V&A garden, has promised to make it one of the most elegant gardens and meeting places in London. Wilkie beat six award-winning designers, asked to submit new ideas for a garden in the museum’s existing 19th-century Italianate courtyard. A paved ellipse with water jets and surrounding steps will help “show off” Victorian terracotta facades and offer the flexibility to use the garden for displays, theatre and events. Mark Jones, director of the V&A, said: “In the end the panel chose Kim Wilkie’s design for its elegance and simplicity. It will provide the V&A with a garden, an oasis of calm, and a wonderful place for display and events at the heart of the Museum.” Kim Wilkie Associates is working on detailed designs for the garden, which will be unveiled later this year. His firm’s design beat schemes by Adriaan Geuze of West 8, Christopher Bradley-Hole, Kathryn Gustafson, Martha Schwartz and the Olin Partnership. See March’s Landscape Review for full story

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