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Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee Granted Planning Permission

Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee Granted Planning Permission
Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee Granted Planning Permission, © Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Kengo Kuma & Associates

After a slight redesign scaled the building’s stone facade back from the waters edge to reduce construction costs, Kengo Kuma & Associates has been granted planning permission from the city council’s development management committee to construct the V&A at Dundee. The “world-class,” competition-winning proposal will be the first V&A museum constructed outside of London, serving as an international center of design for all of Scotland.

Work has already begun on the temporary infilling of Dundee’s Craig Harbour to create a platform for part of the £45 million building and its new riverfront promenade that offers views of the Tay River.

Construction is likely to start next summer.

© Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Kengo Kuma & Associates

When complete, towards the end of 2015, visitors will enjoy an ever-changing schedule of concerts, art workshops, installations, summer pavilions, large-scale exhibitions and art pieces in and around the museum. Programs will included an expansive, wooden public plaza; a ground-floor, double-height “public hall” with large performance-like staircase; a variety of large exhibition galleries; a design center and practitioner hall used by in-house designers; a museum shop; as well as a cafe and restaurant with stunning waterfront views. 

© Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Kengo Kuma & Associates

Philip Long, director of V&A at Dundee, said:

"Kengo Kuma's fabulous design will give Dundee and Scotland a wonderful space to enjoy outstanding international exhibitions, and to learn about and get involved with Scotland's remarkable history of design creativity. [...] I believe it will attract visitors from across the world."

Compare these updated renderings with the project's original design here.

Reference: BBC News

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee Granted Planning Permission" 15 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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