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V&A Dundee announces search for Scottish design galleries architect

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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is on the lookout for an architect to design the flagship Scottish design galleries at its outpost in Dundee

Planned to complete in 2018, the Kengo Kuma-designed ‘V&A Museum of Design Dundee’ is the centerpiece of the city’s £1 billion waterfront regeneration.

The new Scottish design galleries will occupy two of the £80.1 million museum’s four main exhibition spaces and will document the nation’s contribution to international design from the 18th century to the present day.

New building flythrough of V&A Dundee Museum of Design

Focussing on the design process, materials and technological innovation – the galleries will feature around 250 objects drawn from the V&A’s collections ranging from furniture to fashion, architecture and the built environment to service and digital design.

Highlights will include Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room which was originally built for Glaswegian entrepreneur Catherine Cranston and has been in storage since the 1970s.

According to the announcement: ‘The lead architect or designer should have the experience and vision to turn a new, purpose built space into an engaging display, highlighting the contemporary architectural features; and undertaking the display and interpretation of the objects and period room; combining sensitivity to the building, the subjects and the objects with an imaginative, sustainable and transformative approach.’

Earlier this year, it emerged costs on the competition-winning building had risen from £49 million to £80.1 million. An investigation into the ballooning costs published this summer concluded that the scheme was unlikely to ever come in on budget.

The scheme was originally forecast to cost £45million and was designed by the famous Japanese practice to sit in the River Tay south of Craig Harbour.

'Architecture Now: V&A Museum of Design Dundee' opens at Victoria and Albert Museum

However the scheme was moved further inland in late 2012 to give the development team ‘greater certainty with regards to the building schedule’.

The Japanese architect, who is working with Scotland’s cre8architecture and Arup, was selected unanimously from an impressive six-strong shortlist to land the contest in November 2010.

The losing finalists included Steven Holl Architects with JM Architects, Viennese practice Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, New York-based REX with Urban Splash, Snøhetta with Gareth Hoskins Architects and a team led by Sutherland Hussey Architects in collaboration with 3DReid, AECOM and Gross.Max.

At the time Kuma’s vision was described as ‘bold and ambitious, but buildable and practical’.

The deadline for requests to participate is 10am on 19 January.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

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