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New drone footage shows Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee taking shape


New drone footage and images of Kengo Kuma’s £80 million V&A Dundee have been released, showing cast stone panels hung on its exterior

The latest footage and images show the panels, each weighing between 1.5 and 2.5 tonnes, which have been individually fixed in place on the exterior of £80 million scheme looking out over the River Tay. 

A total of 2,466 cast stone panels will be attached to the outside of the museum, which is set to open to the public in 2018.

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, said: ’It is fantastic to see V&A Dundee take shape and a joy to watch as these panels transform the curved walls of the museum into the exciting form Kengo Kuma envisaged.

’The hard work, skill and dedication of those involved in the build is remarkable and is producing something very special on the banks of the River Tay.’

In April, the AJ published images showing construction at various phases on the scheme, with the core inner and outer walls, stairwell and lift cores of the building having been completed at that time. 

In an interview with the AJ last November, V&A Dundee director Philip Long said Kuma’s design was inspired by the ‘Highland form of the country and by the cliff forms around the Scottish coast’.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Industry Professional


    Can some one explain the term cast stone.

    Thank you in advance.


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  • I like it better without the stone. It better fits its exposed marine environment. That might be a bit too brutal for most though.

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  • The steel sheet pile seawall is about as brutal as it gets - but perhaps there's 'cladding' to be added.

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