Green light for Kengo Kuma's
redesigned V&A at Dundee


News: Kengo Kuma's latest proposals for a new outpost of the V&A museum in Dundee, Scotland, have been granted planning permission, following a redesign to reduce costs (+ slideshow).

Green light for Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee

Planned for construction in Dundee's Craig Harbour, Kengo Kuma's competition-winning design for the V&A at Dundee first gained approval in autumn 2012, but spiralling costs forced the architect to redesign the structure so that only its prow projects over the edge of the water, rather than the whole building as originally intended.

Green light for Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee

The £45 million building will be constructed on the site of a former leisure centre and will feature an angular body with thick horizontal striations, creating exhibition spaces that are naturally lit and ventilated. It is set to become the leading centre for design in Scotland.

Green light for Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee

Philip Long, director of V&A at Dundee, commented: "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."

Green light for Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee

Detailing the timeframe for construction, he said: "The projected date for the main fabric of the building to be in place is the end of 2015. Its completion, the interior fit-out and installation of the first exhibitions and displays will follow throughout 2016."

Green light for Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee

Kengo Kuma and Associates is working with Edinburgh studio Cre8 Architecture to deliver the project. The two studios won the original design competition back in 2010, seeing off competition from a shortlist that included Steven Holl Architects, Snøhetta and Delugan Meissl Associated Architects.

Green light for Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee

Other recent projects by the Japanese studio include a timber-clad art and culture centre in France and an experimental house in Japan. See more architecture by Kengo Kuma »

Green light for Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee
Proposed site plan
  • DundeePigeon

    Is it me or does this resemble a ship resting in a dry-dock. Maybe this was the designers intention.

    • Nick

      Also, is it me or does the crooked diagonal edge in the first image drive anyone else crazy?

  • Allan

    I also noticed the resemblance to a ship (especially the first picture), which in my opinion isn’t good and I think is alien to Kuma’s work. I hope they rework it.

  • Sam

    I have been a fan of Kengo Kuma for a while now, but I feel one or two of his recent projects have been below his usually high standard. This really doesn’t excite me at all.

  • Steven

    Awww really liked the idea of this being out in the water, looked more like a spaceship just landing there then.