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V&A Museum Dundee

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The V&A Museum Dundee: Scotland’s First Design Museum

An international centre of design, V&A Dundee presents the brilliance of Scottish creativity and the best of design from around the world. The first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee will provide a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design.

For the first time and in one place, V&A Dundee will explore Scotland’s design heritage – its past, present and future.

V&A Dundee has been 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 V&A Dundee 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 3,000kg each and spanning up to 4m wide, to create the appearance of a Scottish cliff face with 21 separate wall sections. V&A Dundee is an impressive 8,000m² building, with 1,650m² of gallery space.

After a Low and Zero Carbon Technologies study was undertaken in 2011 as part of the projects BREEAM obligation to identify the most appropriate form of renewable energy for the building, geothermal energy was identified as the solution. Thirty 200-metre deep bore holes form part of this system for the heating and cooling of the building, supplemented by air source heat pumps on the roof. These provide direct renewable energy for the museum, with 800,000 kWh/annum of heating and 500,000 kWh/annum of cooling.

The museum has been designed as an inclusive and accessible building, a place where everyone feels welcome with a range of access provisions available at V&A Dundee.

V&A Dundee will be packed full of learning opportunities centred on a design to inspire and to delight visitors of all ages. They will offer an engaging and exciting programme of events and workshops inspired by the building and exhibitions so everyone can share their enthusiasm for design.

Construction of the building is being led by Dundee City Council, with project management from Turner & Townsend. The total cost of design, construction and fit out is £80.11 million.

Beyond its curved walls, V&A Dundee is reconnecting the city with its beautiful and historic riverside. The museum is at the heart of a £1 billion waterfront transformation, an ambitious 30-year project that is propelling the city towards an improved future.

The V&A Dundee will open to the public on 15th September 2018 and will be open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm. The museum’s opening exhibit will be Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, which will ‘re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel’ and show guests how ocean liners became one of the most powerful and admired symbols of 20th century modernity. The exhibit will feature a wooden panel fragment from the first-class lounge on the Titanic, the largest remaining fragment from the ship. Other items will include a Christian Dior suit worn by actress Marlene Dietrich as she arrived in New York aboard the Queen Elizabeth in 1950 and the painting Paquebot ‘Paris’ by leading US precisionist Charles Demuth. It will also feature Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s full restored Oak Room at its centre.

Entry to the museum is free but a paid ticket is needed for certain events, activities and temporary exhibitions.

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