Kengo Kuma Chosen for V&A Museum in Scotland

November 4, 2010

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Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland
Image courtesy V&A
Kengo Kuma has won the competition to design a new Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland


Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland
Image courtesy V&A
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This is the incredible ship-like building that will dominate Dundee' s waterfront from 2014.

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma beat worldwide competition to win the honour of designing the city's £47 million Victoria & Albert Museum.

Work on the amazing structure will begin in 2012 and the museum—the V&A's new international centre for design—is scheduled to open in 2014.

It's hoped the project at Discovery Point will transform Dundee's fortunes in the same way the Guggenheim changed the Spanish port of Bilbao.

Lesley Knox, head of the judging panel, said last night: "We were delighted by the quality of all the designs.

"Kengo Kuma's proposal was the unanimous choice by the panel and is a worthy winner."

The architect said his selection was "a great honour." He added: "I am thrilled to be able to work with those at V&A Dundee in order to give shape to their vision, to contribute meaningfully to the cultural richness of the city."

The centre will house touring exhibitions from the V&A as well as artefacts from other major museums and galleries.

V&A director Sir Mark Jones said: "I think this will become a major destination and will give us an internationally recognised building. It will reward repeat visits and attract attention from around the world."

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