Dundee V&A previewed ahead of weekend launch spectacular
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September 12 2018
The city of Dundee is braced for the long-awaited opening weekend of the V&A with tickets already sold out for museum entry across the opening weekend.
Designed by Kengo Kuma the £80.1m waterfront development is expected to draw crowds of up to 20,000 people when it officially opens on Friday as part of a waterfront-wide family festival.
Kuma said: “The big idea for V&A Dundee was bringing together nature and architecture, to create a new living room for the city. I’m truly in love with the Scottish landscape and nature. I was inspired by the cliffs of north-eastern Scotland – it’s as if the earth and water had a long conversation and finally created this stunning shape.
"It is also fitting that the restored Oak Room by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is at the heart of this building as I have greatly admired his designs since I was a student. In the Oak Room, people will feel his sensibility and respect for nature, and hopefully connect it with our design for V&A Dundee.
“I hope the museum can change the city and become its centre of gravity. I am delighted and proud that this is my first building in the UK and that people will visit it from around the world.”
The angular build is defined through the use of horizontal cast stone panels to achieve a muscular look, punching 45ft out into the River Tay in the manner of a granite cliff, typical of the east coast.
This will provide a dramatic backdrop to a day of frenetic creative activity on Saturday with performances from local music talent, choral collaborations and makerspace workshops in Slessor Gardens to open the 3D festival, shorthand for Dundee, Design and Discovery.
Attention is now turning to the next phase of waterfront renewal with plans for an ‘urban beach’ to further integrate the museum with Slessor Gardens.
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