Kengo Kuma awarded V&A at Dundee design


Just announced today, Kengo Kuma’s design was chosen for the new landmark building V&A at Dundee.  Kengo Kuma beat out the four other shortlisted designs from Steven Holl Architects, REX, Snøhetta, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, and Sutherland Hussey Architects.

Kengo Kuma will lead the design team which includes the Scottish firms cre8architecture, Optimised Environments Ltd, and CBA, and the engineering firm Arup.

You can check out our ArchDaily article on all five of the shortlisted designs with photographs and a video here.

Bustler broke the news of Kengo Kuma’s win earlier today.

Kengo Kuma Proposal
Kengo Kuma Proposal
Kengo Kuma Proposal
Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Kengo Kuma awarded V&A at Dundee design" 03 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • wpgmb

    well that’s a let-down.

  • eric

    Bravo Kuma-san! Kuma’s entry joins spatial with tectonic invention, and has the best urban siting relative to the water. There seem to be some fussy elements that are hard to judge from model photos. But I can’t wait to be in that space. Some of the other projects are clever but are either unworkable as a museum (eg. REX’s, though an elegant massing, as is made evident in the video, conveys more a sense of an office atrium/shopping mall), or beautiful and subtle but unfortunate in the relationship to the water (Snohetta’s low volume would paradoxically block out the view at eye-level). Holl’s is a powerful form, perhaps a but like Herrero’s Munch Museum in Oslo in its iconic slenderness.

  • jp

    it´s just me or K.Kuma is winning it all?

  • N.Enchev

    no, seriously… what a letdown. The only one worse than Kuma is the S.Hussey proposal

    Such dissappointment. Out of the six, REX and Snohetta were extremely different from one another, but were the best designs each in its own way. None of the others could reach their level.

    • h.a.

      none of them were brilliant. just fancy images

  • giacomo

    it reminds me of an upside down PLOT theater.

  • itdoesntreallymatter

    such a disappointed news from kuma

  • Rdeam

    I reckon it looks sick!!

  • Dennis

    very aggressive form…