Kengo Kuma wins V&A in Scotland competition
By Richard High08 November 2010
A design team led by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has won an international competition to design a new landmark building to house the V&A (Victoria and Albert) Museum in Dundee on Scotland's East Coast, UK.
Kuma beat five other proposals and the team includes cre8architecture, Optimised Environments, CBA, and engineering company Arup.
Commenting on the decision to award Kengo Kuma the design project, Lesley Knox, chair of the V&A at Dundee and of the jury panel, said, "This has the potential to be one of Europe's most exciting buildings.
"Kengo Kuma's proposal was the unanimous choice of the jury panel and is a worthy winner; a building that will delight visitors and encourage them to revisit it again and again. It demonstrates a clear understanding of the city, offers a new experience of the river, and will be as exciting internally as it will be externally."
Kengo Kuma will now work with the V&A at Dundee to develop the proposal further. Detailed design work will continue throughout next year (2011) and initial construction work is expected to start in late 2012.
The V&A at Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee, a partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise.
Design Dundee is looking to create a landmark building, which will be sited at Craig Harbour right on the banks of the River Tay. The site is being made available through the Dundee Central Waterfront Partnership, the joint venture between Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise which is revitalising the prime area of land linking the city centre with the River Tay.