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In pictures: shortlisted schemes in V&A Dundee contest

[IMAGES + PLANS] The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has unveiled the six schemes shortlisted in the contest to design the museum’s new £47 million outpost in Dundee

Selected from more than 120 entries, the finalists include Steven Holl Architects, currently designing the new £50 million building for the Glasgow School of Art (AJ 23.09.10) and New York-based OMA spin-off REX.

Edinburgh’s Sutherland Hussey heads the only shortlisted team led by a Scottish practice (see full shortlist below).

Entrants were asked to draw up proposals for ‘an international centre for design’ on a site to be created out into the River Tay south of Craig Harbour.

Part of the Dundee Waterfront regeneration project, the scheme is backed by a partnership between the V&A, the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise.

Commenting on the designs Mark Jones, director of the V&A, said: ‘Fantastic designs from brilliant architects. It’s great to see that the competition for the V&A at Dundee has attracted such a strong international response.’

A public exhibition, in the University of Abertay Dundee library in Bell Street, Dundee, runs until 4 November (full catalogue + plans of each submission attached).

A winner will be announced later in November. The new building is scheduled to open in 2015.

The full shortlist

  • Steven Holl Architects with JM Architects, Arup and American structural engineers Guy Nordenson & Associates
  • Delugan Meissl Associated Architects from Vienna with German firm Wenzel + Wenzel, engineer Werner Sobek and Büro Kiefer
  • Kengo Kuma and Associates from Tokyo with Scotland’s cre8architecture, Optimised Environments and Arup
  • REX, the New York-based OMA spin-off, with Buro Happold and Urban Splash
  • Snøhetta from Oslo with Gareth Hoskins Architects and Adams Kara Taylor
  • Sutherland Hussey Architects from Edinburgh with 3DReid, AECOM and Gross.Max

The competition organiser’s view

Mike Galloway, director of city development & competition secretary

‘This Competition has marked a momentous stage in the regeneration of Dundee; our City has been reinventing and improving itself for many years now, but the V&A Project marks an opportunity to take this regeneration process onto a completely new level.  Bringing the V&A to Dundee is a great example of the type of ‘Big Idea’ that Dundee excels at and which it has a track record of actually bringing into reality.

‘Part of the reasons for our past success has been the supreme effort by the Partners in the project; Dundee City Council, both of our Universities, Scottish Enterprise and the V&A have worked together superbly to get us to this point.  We have been rewarded with six stunning designs by the short listed architects; but there is a really wide variety of design approaches by each team and I am sure that this will result in a pretty difficult decision for the Panel of Judges.

‘Dundee wants a world class building, but it also wants the eventual winner to have the Public’s general acclaim also.  This is a really tricky thing to pull off, but we have done it before with the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre by Richard Murphy and I see no reason why we cannot do it again.  We want as many people to visit our website to view each proposal and give us their views on which they like best.’

Previous story (AJ 27.05.10)

AJ Exclusive: V&A names Dundee contenders

Steven Holl Architects could snap up a second landmark project in Scotland in less than a year after being named on the shortlist to design the V&A’s new £47 million outpost in Dundee

New York-based Holl, who won the competition to design the new £50 million building for the Glasgow School of Art last September (pictured), has again teamed up with Glasgow-based JM Architects.

Holl is named on an impressive shortlist of design teams, which includes collaborations such as Snøhetta with Gareth Hoskins but only features one bid from a Scotland-based firm, Sutherland Hussey Architects.

More than 120 practices entered the contest to design the new building south of Craig Harbour, on a site to be created out into the River Tay.

‘This is a particularly strong shortlist which promises to produce an outstanding building’

Mark Jones, director of the V&A

Mark Jones, director of the V&A, said: ‘This is a particularly strong shortlist which promises to produce an outstanding building that reflects the V&A’s unique partnership with Dundee.’

The shortlisted teams will now produce design concepts and models to go on public display in the University of Abertay library.

A winner will be announced in late summer.

The full shortlist

  • Steven Holl Architects with JM Architects, Arup and American structural engineers Guy Nordenson & Associates
  • Delugan Meissl Associated Architects from Vienna with German firm Wenzel + Wenzel, engineer Werner Sobek and Büro Kiefer.
  • Kengo Kuma and Associates from Tokyo with Scotland’s cre8architecture, Optimised Environments and Arup
  • REX, the New York-based OMA spin-off, with Buro Happold and Urban Splash.
  • Snøhetta from Oslo with Gareth Hoskins Architects and Adams Kara Taylor.
  • Sutherland Hussey Architects from Edinburgh with 3DReid, AECOM and Gross.Max.

Readers' comments (6)

  • What's Dundonian for Pure Mental?

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  • The only ones that mightl come within budget are the last two. Is the jury irresponsible in selecting the other ones? are the proposals honest in this respect? did the architects proposing their dream projects, prepare cost studies? And we thought a new age was dawning away from the "icon". It seems the message is "I " the architect will "con" you....

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  • It is a shame Rex scheme looks so much like the Titanic Signature project in Belfast. http://ireland.archiseek.com/news/2007/000190/5_lge.jpg.
    That one has a £97 million budget somewhat more than is available for Dundee. Sutherland Hussey's scheme is the only one that is, iconic, Scottish and likely to be achieved within the available budget!

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  • I agree, though it reminds me very much of their Loch Ard boathouse. Nevertheless it is the only credible project and you have to wonder what was the brief set for the other contestants. Three of the projects could never be built within a budget of £150 million never mind £50 Million, in my opinion.

    So at the risk of sounding once more parochial you have very good project, well considered, well designed and by a leading Scots practice, they should get it. Will they?

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  • Having now visited the exhibition, my opinion has not changed, in fact it has grown much stronger. The only project that stands up to real scrutiny is, in my opinion by Sutherland Hussey.

    It is well resolved, realisable and disciplined. It also has depth in detail which is not immediatly obvious from the published computer generated image, the resolution of the glazed veil for example.

    What is most depressing is the emphasis the architects have placed on the immediate impact of the uber realsitic cgi's. The public's favourite seems to be an image of space ship as museum, with admittedly an interesting section but with what looks like a single point of entry and exit, how on earth will that work Scotty?

    Another project inspired by a Scottish bluebells has also caught the public imagination particularly its flawless seamless glass which cannot be cleaned without, in my opinion undertaking a major engineering operation.

    During this phase of public consultation these cgi's seem to be worth their weight in gold for they have have convinced visitors and posters on the official website that the most implausible and frankly dumb proposal is possible and seem dynamic, affordable and achievable.

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