Art

The UK’s Second Mesuem of Design in Scotland

The Victoria and Albert Museum of Design, Dundee will have its opening in Summer 2018.

The first of its kind in Scotland, the new V&A museum will be the second museum dedicated to design in the UK after the London centre.

The major theme of the gallery is to present results of research from the rich heritage of Scottish designs. About 250 objects will be curated from designs going back up-to 500 years. More than 12,000 collections of Scottish design objects will be on display when the museum opens. Ranging from architectural, engineering and digital designs, to furniture, metalwork, ceramics, glass, and textiles.

The most prominent exhibition in anticipation will be the Oak Room of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, unseen in over 50 years. Intended to be the centrrpiece, the work has been conserved through the collaboration of the Dundee City Council, museums in Glasgow,  and the Victoria and Albert Museum of Design, Dundee.

An international touring exhibition is also on the books, the only place it will be available in the UK outside London.

The Building

The extra-ordinary structure of the V&A, Dundee is a testament of true architectural brilliance and beauty. The three storey, 8,000m² building is cordoned with curved concrete wall. With no single straight wall. It houses a gallery space of 1,650m² and sits on the bank of the river Tay. The first intentions in the designs were to erect the building closer to the water and create the illusion of it floating, but the plans were tanked to take it inland in order to save costs.

The building is the first British structure designed by Kengo Kuma, a Japanese architect. He is also responsible for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium.

The on site construction commenced in March 2015 and is expected to be completed in the end of 2017.

The entire cast of the building is 80.11 million GBP.

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