Kengo Kuma’s first building in the UK, the V&A Museum of Design takes shape in Dundee
Inspired by the ragged cliff faces of north eastern Scotland, the V&A Museum of Design Dundee will be Kengo Kuma’s first building in the UK. Translating the landscape into contemporary architecture, Kuma wanted to create an inviting building that would attract visitors in through its form and become a part of the urban design of Dundee’s waterfront overlooking the River Tay.
Construction of Scotland’s first dedicated design museum began in April 2015 and since then, the core inner walls, stairwell and lift cores and the outer double curvature walls have been completed, with the building officially topping out on 1 March 2017. The complex creation of layered horizontal concrete panels spanning up to 4m fabricate the curving walls of the three-storey building – which has been structurally engineered by BAM and Arup – will be installed over the next year ready for the public opening in 2018.