Kengo Kuma Set to Unveil V&A Dundee Museum
New photography has revealed Kengo Kuma’s newly completed, $100 million V&A Dundee Museum in the coastal Scottish city. Dubbed Scotland’s first design museum, the venue is situated at the banks of the River Tay and designed to mirror the dramatic cliffs of the country’s coastline.
Soon to debut as part of the $1.3 billion overhaul of the Scottish docks, the three-story building comprises two angular structures clad with 2,500 precast concrete panels that eventually merge on the first level of the museum to appear as a singular volume. The center of the building is voided with an opening conceived to visually link the River Tay with the city waterfront. The interior of the large opening is adorned with locally sourced wood and soft textures to position it to also double as a living room-like space equipped to host performances and other programming.
The design also extends out over part of the river akin to the bow of a boat. Also containing the entrance, the angular space is home to an onsite café and shop, with timber walls that complement the design of the facade.