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In pictures: V&A Dundee nears completion and reveals opening date

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Fresh images have been released of Kengo Kuma’s £80 million V&A Dundee as it was announced the long-awaited museum will open later this year on 15 September

Completion of the external elements of the construction project is imminent, with fit-out due to begin next month.

The museum is intended to become an international centre for design, which the V&A says will allow visitors to ‘experience the remarkable story of design past, present and future’.


V&A Dundee will feature permanent galleries of Scottish design as well as an international programme of exhibitions. The building will form part of a £1 billion transformation of the Dundee waterfront.

Among its attractions will be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 13.5m-long Oak Room, fully restored and preserved for future generations within the museum.

Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips has been commissioned to produce a new work in response to the V&A’s collections of Scottish design.

The opening exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, will reimagine the golden age of on-water travel.

V&A Dundee director Philip Long said: ‘After many years of planning for V&A Dundee, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the date of the new museum’s opening.’

In an interview with the AJ in 2016, Long said Kuma’s design was inspired by the ‘Highland form of the country and by the cliff forms around the Scottish coast’.

Kuma won the competition to design the 8,190m² museum back in 2010.

The project was originally expected to cost £49 million and open in 2015, but its budget controversially rocketed by £31 million and its opening date was pushed back by three years.

Kuma’s contest-winning designs were also moved further inland in late 2012 to give the development team ‘greater certainty with regards to the building schedule’.

The museum is backed by a partnership of the V&A, Dundee City Council, the University of Dundee, Abertay University and Scottish Enterprise.

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