The V&A at Dundee building will form an inspiring”‰ ‘anchor’ “‰for the Dundee Waterfront Project – a major initiative to redevelop the City’s waterfront. The new building will be a striking statement that will stimulate minds and set the standard for subsequent development of the area. As an exemplar of 21st century design itself, the building will be externally beautiful and provide functional spaces capable of housing the various exhibitions and accommodating a wide range of visitors.
The main function of the V&A at Dundee will be to showcase Scottish design talent, provide a UK base for major international touring exhibitions, and promote a wider understanding and application of design. Dedicated gallery space will focus on 20th and 21st century design, which will illustrate how design changes to meet the demands of tomorrow’s society. A Design Scotland gallery will be committed to showcasing Scottish talent and the impact of Scotland in contemporary design. Together, the galleries will show and explain beautiful and useful objects, and illustrate how they were created from initial spark to final product. The building’s galleries will house major touring exhibitions from the V&A – the world’s leading museum of art and design – as well as from other international museums and galleries, placing Dundee and Scotland on the world stage as an essential design destination.
More than 120 architects from across the world entered the architectural competition to design the V&A at Dundee building. Models and descriptions of the six shortlisted designs are currently on display at Abertay University Library. The shortlisted architects are: Delugan Meissl,Kengo Kuma, REX, Snøhetta, Steven Holl, and Sutherland Hussey.