V&A Museum by Kengo Kuma


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Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) at Dundee has been awarded £5m from National Lottery funds through Creative Scotland to help establish an international centre of design for Scotland.

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Creative Scotland is the national organisation that funds and supports the development of Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries to support excellence in artistic and creative practice; to improve access to and participation in, arts and creative activity; and to deliver our services efficiently and effectively.

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Designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, V&A at Dundee is the flagship of the city’s ambitious waterfront redevelopment plans. The V&A at Dundee is designed to integrate within a new system of public spaces that will connect the existing city center of Dundee to the new cultural facility of the V&A.

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This network will consist of the soon-to-be renovated Railway Station’s square, an Urban Plaza proposed on the east of the Discovery, and a new Museum Plaza that will reshape Dundee’s riverfront with a social space that can accommodate temporary exhibitions, events and summer pavilions.

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The exterior spaces of the museum, along with it’s new riverfront promenade, will create a seamless connection between inside and outside. Where the “museum plaza” meets the stone facade, it’s floor will transform into a wooden deck that literally bisects the museum through the middle and then organically reconnects to the existing waterfront on the east side of the building.

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This will create an engaging, dynamic relationship between the waterfront, deck promenade and the V&A, while “avoiding the perception of the museum as a self-standing extraneous object in the river”.

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Large exhibition galleries, a ‘Design In Action’ center, museum shop, cafe and restaurant are just a few programs that this public space will lead to, attracting international visitors and everyday citizens to this world class center of the arts and design.

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Location: Dundee, Scotland UK
Architect: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Project Team: Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Maurizio Mucciola, Kazuya Katagiri, Masaki Kakizoe, Maria-Chiara Piccinelli, Akira Kindo, Masafumi Harigai, Rika Hiratsuji, Hajime Kita, Masaru Shuku, Hiroki Saito, Kimio Suzuki
Architect of Record: CRE8 Architecture
Structural/Maritime and Civil Engineer: ARUP UK
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: ARUP UK
Landscape: OPTIMISED ENVIRONMENTS
Quantity Surveyor: CBA
CDM/DDA Consultant: C-MIST
BREEAM Consultant: BRE ScotlandVictoria and Albert Museum
Site area: approx. 14,760 m2

Start construction: 2014
Client: V&A at Dundee, Design Dundee Ltd

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