V&A Dundee – Scotland’s First Design Museum
Dundee’s first Design Museum
A weekend trip to Dundee’s V&A Gallery, stunning shapes and silhouette are over the River Tay in this stunning building – easily located as you drive into the city, or via public transport links, sitting right on the shorefront.
Wiki: The V&A Dundee is the first design museum in Scotland and the first Victoria and Albert museum outside London. The first building in the United Kingdom that has been designed by Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma is a Japanese architect and professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Tokyo).
Link to V&A Dundee Website – check out current exhibitions and displays.
Kengo Kuma & Associates
Designed by renowned award-winning Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, following an international competition, and is Kuma’s first building in the UK. Considered by many as the quintessential Japanese architect of today, Kuma is also designing the stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Kuma’s vision for the museum 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. Along with V&A Dundee, Kuma is involved in a number of large, ongoing projects, including arts centres in Besançon and Granada.
Curving concrete walls (there are no straight external walls) hold 2,500 pre-cast rough stone panels, weighing up to 3000 kg each and spanning up to 4m wide, to create the appearance of a Scottish cliff face. There are 21 separate wall sections. V&A Dundee is an impressive 8,000m² building, with 1,650m² of gallery space.
Ideal for rainy days or city breaks to get your fix of art, design and culture.
Iconic. Feel good. Fashion revolutionary.
Mary Quant disrupted the fashion establishment, connecting with an energised, youthful audience looking for something fresh and fun. From rising hemlines to androgynous shapes and styling, Quant captured the zeitgeist of the moment.
This exhibition was the first international retrospective on the iconic British designer who started a fashion revolution that a whole generation wanted to take part in.
Quant designed clothes that made people feel good, making quality designer fashion affordable through her playful brand, signified by the trademark daisy.
Click the link above to get full up to date information on V&A Dundee Events.
V&A Dundee will develop into Scotland’s centre for design over the next three years, supported by the Scottish Government and looking to the role of design in Scotland’s long-term economic and social recovery from COVID-19.
Hear more about the exhibitions and collections, and engage with their curators, makers and specialist guest speakers. V&A Dundee evening talks, lectures, conversations and pop-up events welcome members and non-members.
Looking for a unique design gift? Look no further than the V and A Dundee shop.
Showcasing the best of independent makers and contemporary Scottish design. You might take home a piece from the next big name…
Products range from fashion and homeware to toys and games alongside a large selection of books to keep you inspired!
Also their favourite ‘Sketch’ range celebrates our architecture, including limited drawings for the man behind the building, architect Kengo Kuma.
V&A Dundee cost
Construction of the building was led by Dundee City Council, with project management from Turner & Townsend. The total cost of design, construction and fit-out is £80.11m.