V&A Dundee Opening
Kengo Kuma's long-awaited project completes
The V&A outpost in Scotland's Dundee, designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, is set to open on 15 September.
The institution marks the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London. It is also Kuma’s first building in the UK.
Kuma’s vision for V&A Dundee is that it will be a welcoming space for everyone to visit, enjoy and socialise in – a 'living room for the city' – and a way of reconnecting the city to its historic River Tay waterfront.
Rising up three storeys, the building's exterior has been formed curving concrete walls that hold up 2,500 pre-cast rough stone panels, weighing up to 3000 kg each and spanning up to 4 metres wide – aiming to create the effect of a Scottish cliff face. Inside, it hosts a huge 1,650m² of gallery space.
When it opens to the public on the 15 September, the exhibition on show will be aptly dedicated to sea vessels, named Ocean Liners: Speed and Style.
"From Brunel’s 1859 steamship, the Great Eastern, to the launch of the QE2 in 1969, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style is the first exhibition to fully explore the design and cultural impact of ocean liners on an international scale, focussing on their promotion, engineering, interior design, as well as the lifestyle on board," – V&A Dundee.
The V&A opens to the public on 15 September.