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V&A at Dundee plans to go on public display

September 24 2010

V&A at Dundee plans to go on public display
A free exhibition of the six short listed designs for a V&A museum in Dundee is to take place at the University of Abertay Library on Bell Street from September 29 to November 4.

Entitled “V&A at Dundee: Making it Happen” it will feature designs from Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Kengo Kuma & Associates, REX, Snøhetta with Gareth Hoskins Architects, Steven Holl Architects and Sutherland Hussey Architects, for the waterfront landmark.

Members of the public will be invited to comment on the proposals, which occupy a site at Craig Harbour on the banks of the River Tay.

V&A Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee Ltd, a partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum, the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise.


#1 Posted by monkey on 26 Sep 2010 at 12:31 PM
Really the politicians must hate their city. perimeter blocks with a wee big green space. surely any urban design/architecture students can do better that this!!!! it is just good to say we compromise and do something about it, than come up with good designs. to be honest this looks like a crapy sketch up model. It will certainly make the chief boy in the government get an MBE and all the folk in Dundee to have a wonderful waterfront full of tescos, car parks and perimeter blocks! Certainly they are trying the Bilbao effect here with second class architecture haha
#2 Posted by Albert on 27 Sep 2010 at 11:30 AM
This isn't really to be a V & A at all is it? I understand there is no permanent exhibition with any connection with the London V & A planned and the V & A has said it won't commit to touring exhibitions beyond ten years. It sounds like a huge amount of public money to spend on a building when there are so many cutbacks in other areas.
As for members of the public being invited to comment on the proposals, will any comments made be taken account of, or is this simply going through the planning motions of consultation? How much of this waterfront development is a pipedream which will nver become reality?
#3 Posted by WAdam on 27 Sep 2010 at 11:43 AM
A huge amount of public money which will go to consultants from overseas
#4 Posted by RAdam on 27 Sep 2010 at 11:54 AM
Only one all-Scottish 'team' on the shortlist. There are a few other Scottish practices involved in various ways in the final six but did this really need an international competition?
#5 Posted by SAndals on 27 Sep 2010 at 12:27 PM
Cheeky Monkey!
Don't know if I would agree that the above lead architects are "second class". I would say they have an international reputation in designing and delivering quality museums.
#6 Posted by Albert on 27 Sep 2010 at 13:03 PM
I think possibly you have misunderstood? The proposed museum is intended to be the regeneration kickstart for the waterside. The rest of the site, as shown above, is what I believe monkey was discussing. Even if the Bilbao Effect is still considered relevant in the current economic situation, and in Dundee, then the surrounding development should also be first class. Will it?
#7 Posted by stationwaiter on 28 Sep 2010 at 08:54 AM
Albert! Why do you think they dangled the entrants with the promise that the building should project if not be entirely detached from the waterfront? So as to distance itself from the toytown scenario that is 'the waterfront development'. Shambles and shocking anyone?
#8 Posted by rizzles on 28 Sep 2010 at 16:30 PM
The whole pojnt of the project is that it IS part of the central waterfront. That has been made clear right from when the V&A at Dundee was initially proposed. And the V&A's involvement surely puts paid to any notion that this somehow isn't a `proper' V&A project, no?.
#9 Posted by Albert on 28 Sep 2010 at 17:10 PM
Not totally, no. The involvement of the V & A is extremely limited. Nothing from the London V & A in Dundee on permanent loan, touring exhibitions only guaranteed for ten years, it seems. Hardly, then, 'the' V & A at Dundee.

The project does look out on a limb and detached from the rather outdated masterplan for the rest of the site.

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