V&A at Dundee, Scotland

February 5, 2013 by R A Z G O


V&A at Dundee

V&A at Dundee will be Scotland’s leading centre for design, housed in a stunning new building at the heart of Dundee’s waterfront. It will showcase Scottish design talent and provide a venue for the V&A’s major international touring exhibitions.

V&A at Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee Ltd. – a partnership between the V&A, the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise. Philip Long has been appointed as the Director of V&A at Dundee to lead the project. Long has been Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art since 1998 with responsibility for leading the Artist Rooms project for the National Galleries of Scotland in collaboration with Tate.

Japanese architectural practice Kengo Kuma & Associates won the international architecture competition to design a landmark building for V&A at Dundee on the banks of the River Tay. Their bold and ambitious stone building provides a harmonious and integrated response to the waterfront site and offers fantastic spaces to exhibit design collections.

On winning the competition Kengo Kuma said:

“It is a great honour to hear the news and my team and I are grateful for this significant opportunity. I am thrilled to be able to work with those at V&A at Dundee in order to give shape to their vision and to contribute meaningfully to the cultural richness of the city. Furthermore, we are enthusiastic about the amazing site, the city and environment – it is our intention to find a balanced approach to nature and the city life of Dundee. We wish to bring our best efforts forward, with vigour and passion.”

Kengo Kuma & Associates team for the V&A at Dundee project includes the Scottish firms cre8architecture, Optimised Environments Ltd, CBA, and the engineering firm Arup, which has offices across Scotland, including in Dundee.

Design Dundee Ltd. will now work with Kengo Kuma & Associates to develop and realise the winning proposal. Work is projected to start onsite in 2012.