2019 shortlists

V&A Dundee
by Kengo Kuma

V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, was designed by Kengo Kuma to evoke the dramatic cliffs along the north-east coastline.

The museum stretches out into the River Tay – a new landmark connecting Dundee with its historic waterfront, a major transformation of the city's former docks. The project represents the culmination of the 11-year development programme. The building is formed of two angular volumes clad in 2,500 horizontal concrete panels, which connect on the first floor to form a single building. A pointed corner protrudes into the river like the bow of a boat, a timber-walled space that holds the museum's large entrance space, cafe and shop. The galleries contain items demonstrating the importance of design and Scotland's design achievements, and are accessed by a ceremonial staircase in the foyer.

Architect: Kengo Kuma
Project: V&A Dundee
Shortlisted for: Cultural building
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