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Kengo Kuma lauds V&A Dundee during site visit

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October 18 2017

Kengo Kuma lauds V&A Dundee during site visit
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has toured Dundee’s dramatic V&A Museum as the finishing touches are made to the ambitious build ahead of its grand unveil next year.

Seeing the finished exterior of his £80.1m creation for the first time Kuma praised progress made thus far which sees the cliff-like cast stone panels of the V&A’s norther outpost reach out into the River Tay.

Kuma said: “The realisation of the strong façade is great. We were able to express the dynamic scale of the interior, too - just as we had planned.

“In the past I visited Scotland many times, this very beautiful country, and I'm truly in love with the Scottish landscape and nature.

"I really hope, once finished, this project will attract many people from the UK, and around the world, to the city and the museum.

"I hope as well that people from Dundee will use it as an everyday part of their city; that they will go there to enjoy the building with its surrounding public space and find a harmonious relationship between the museum, the riverside, the city and themselves.”

Construction began on the build back in March 2015 with practical completion expected by December, ahead of its public opening in the summer.

Photography by Ross Fraser McLean
2,466 cast stone panels weighing up to 3k kg apiece were used in the construction
2,466 cast stone panels weighing up to 3k kg apiece were used in the construction
Spectacular views, from within and without, are already becoming apparent
Spectacular views, from within and without, are already becoming apparent

5 Comments

modernish
#1 Posted by modernish on 18 Oct 2017 at 16:05 PM
Quite looking forward to this building opening...
I am sorry, but
#2 Posted by I am sorry, but on 18 Oct 2017 at 16:32 PM
Can't help but feel the world has moved on from these signature buildings. A bit like the launch of a new daily broadsheet.

I suspect that in the end, just like the Clyde Riverside Museum, it'll be no more than an £80M municipal graphic.

Even then, it'll be outdated rapido.

whalemeetagain
#3 Posted by whalemeetagain on 20 Oct 2017 at 08:33 AM
wonder what Kengo was eating when he thought about this project.
Davekojak
#4 Posted by Davekojak on 21 Oct 2017 at 20:22 PM
Fantastic photos!
PS
#5 Posted by PS on 22 Oct 2017 at 03:44 AM
Urban realm comments section

Bad building. This is terrible we need better architecture.

Great building. Pointless. The world has moved on from great architecture.

Most negative place ever

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