Shortlisted for cultural building of the year at Dezeen Awards 2019, V&A Dundee by Kengo Kuma was designed 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.