Kengo Kuma won a competition to design the V&A at Dundee in Scotland back in 2010, but the architect’s original plan for a boat-shaped building cantilevered over the water turned out to be too costly, so he had to go back to the drawing board. Kuma’s new concept features just the prow of the striking structure peering over the water, and it just received planning permission and is set to break ground soon.
In his original design brief, Kuma said that it was very important to balance nature and design with the V&A at Dundee, which is slated for construction at Craig Harbor. Soon to be a world-class design center, the mammoth boat-like building looks is comprised of layers of stacked stone, and the expansive interior has plenty of natural light and ventilation.
The price tag for the new building is significantly lower than the original plan, but still clocks in at a whopping £45 million, according to Dezeen. But the V&A’s director Phillip Long believes it will be worthwhile given that it is expected to attract people far and wide to experience both the extraordinary architecture and the exhibitions that will be held inside.
“Kengo Kuma’s fabulous design will give Dundee and Scotland a wonderful space to enjoy outstanding international exhibitions, and to learn about and get involved with Scotland’s remarkable history of design creativity,” says Long.
“I believe it will attract visitors from across the world.”