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Plans in for urban beach next to Kuma’s V&A Dundee

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Architect and landscape designer Optimised Environments has submitted plans for an urban beach close to Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee

The practice, which has offices in Edinburgh, Manchester and London, worked on public realm proposals for Kuma’s £80 million branch of the V&A museum.

Now it has worked up its own plans for a public space, Waterfront Place, next to the museum. The scheme would include sand, water features, pavilions and street furniture.

The design and access statement submitted to Dundee City Council said: ‘The proposals are based on intersecting a typical walk to a rural beach with the experience of exploring an urban promenade.

‘The River Tay is gradually revealed as you move from Slessor Gardens towards the river wall as you move through representations of woodland, dune, beach and shoreline landscapes.

‘Crossing this with the idea of an urban seaside promenade allows the introduction of distinctive objects and interventions within the wilder, dune-inspired landscape setting.’

Optimised Environments said it had considered the impact of different weather on experiences of a beach.

‘On a sunny, calm day, it can be a busy, noisy and colourful environment,’ said the practice. ’During grey, windy weather the experience can be solitary and dramatic. We wanted Waterfront Place to emulate these traits, and provide spaces people can explore throughout the year.’

It was announced earlier this year that the long-awaited V&A Dundee would open on 15 September 2018.

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  • Why not create Mord activity space, like an indoor volleyball center that offers out door beach space as well? Even on a sunny day, Dundee usually gets very windy weather which won't promote relaxing on the beach. I worry the beach space won't be used in its intended ways.

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