Kengo Kuma completes V&A Dundee Scottish museum

Beyond its curved walls, V&A Dundee is reconnecting the city with its beautiful and historic riverside. the museum is at the heart of a £1 billion waterfront transformation, an ambitious 30-year project that is propelling the city towards an improved future. Kuma’s vision for V&A Dundee is that it will be a welcoming space for everyone to visit, enjoy and socialise in – a ‘living room for the city’ – and a way of reconnecting the city to its historic River Tay waterfront.

international centre of design, V&A Dundee will present the brilliance of Scottish creativity and the best of design from around the world. the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee will provide a place of inspiration, discovery, and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design.Construction of the building is being led by Dundee City Council, with project management from Turner & Townsend. The total cost of design, construction and fit-out is £80.11m.


V&A Dundee was designed by renowned award-winning Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, following an international competition, and is Kuma’s first building in the UK. Considered by many as the quintessential Japanese architect of today, Kuma is also designing the stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

the three-storey building is itself a testament to great design. Curving concrete walls (there are no straight external walls) hold 2,500 pre-cast rough stone panels, weighing up to 3000 kg each and spanning up to 4m wide, to create the appearance of a Scottish cliff face. There are 21 separate wall sections. V&A Dundee is an impressive 8,000m² building, with 1,650m² of gallery space.

kengo-kuma-v-a-dundee-design-museum-scotland-designboom-05V&A Dundee would help attract new businesses, investors and professionals to the area.


kengo-kuma-v-a-dundee-design-museum-scotland-designboom-03V&A Dundee on the historic, Scottish River front Tay.

the new museum would be a catalyst, and point of connection which would brings people and diverse organisations together in a new creative way. it would house hundreds of historically significant objects from the renowned V&A collections alongside prominent loans from across Scotland and around the world,  hosting international touring exhibitions– the only location in the UK outside London.

the V&A Dundee was built with  the best of environmental considerations, with a thirty 200-metre deep bore holes form part of its heating and cooling system, supp -lemented by air source heat pumps on the roof. These provide direct renewable energy for the museum, with 800,000 kWh/annum of heating and 500,000 kWh/annum of cooling.


Along with V&A Dundee, Kuma is involved in a number of large, ongoing projects, including arts centres in Besançon and Granada.










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