UK architect wins contest for V&A extension

British architect Amanda Levete has beaten more than 110 architectural firms to build an extension to the V&A on London's Exhibition Road. It followed an international competition to create a new entrance and a mixed-use courtyard on the museum's last remaining undeveloped site.

The £35m extension proposal will see visitors walking into an open public courtyard through a screen erected by Sir Aston Webb in 1909 to hide the boilerhouse yard. Ms Levete said she had "dreamed of working on a major public and cultural project ever since I started as an architect, and it doesn't get much better than this". The V&A hopes to complete the extension by 2015.

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