Philip Long, director of the V&A Dundee, has confirmed that ZMMA has been appointed to design V&A Dundee’s centrepiece Scottish Design Galleries
Headed by Adam Zombory-Moldovan, the practice previously worked on the Europe 1600-1815 galleries at the V&A in London, and is currently designing a £12 million extension of the Manchester Museum.
Long told an AJ100 lunch event the project was a ‘significant step for V&A Dundee’. The Scottish Design Galleries will be a showcase for exhibits ranging from catwalk fashion using traditional Harris Tweed to drawings by Neoclassicist Robert Adam.
Long also revealed that, following the open competition for the Scottish Design Galleries, further appointments will be made for retail and catering facilities at the Kengo Kuma-designed museum, which is currently under construction.
Speaking at the second AJ100 club event in the 2016-17 season, a lunch at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow on Friday (14 October), Long also discussed the design challenges and ballooning costs faced by the V&A Dundee, part of a the City’s £1 billion waterfront regeneration.
In the years following Kuma’s competition win to design the museum in 2010, costs have rocketed from £49 million to £80 million and the completion date has been pushed back by three years.
However, Long said he was confident there wouldn’t be any further cost overruns. He told the audience: ‘People in this room will know, you can never completely locked in to a [final] price.
‘But we have a fixed price with the contractors and we have worked hard with them as a team to deal with the challenges.’
Philip Long of the V&A Dundee
Long said the V&A Dundee, which he predicted would attract about 350,000 visitors a year, is now on programme and expected to open in 2018.
He went on to talk about how the redevelopment of the waterfront was ‘reinvigorating the life and the economy’ of the area and ‘re-establishing the city’s connection with the river’.
Long added: ’This is not simply an outstation of the V&A. It is a project which the V&A is a partner in, alongside other local partners, who all care deeply about the future of the city.
‘After decades of difficult years, and in uncertain times, Dundee is now a city which really is transforming. At the forefront of that is the realisation of this project, the V&A Dundee, which is giving birth to a remarkable building.
‘That building services something very important to this country – a better understanding of our design creativity.’
The event was sponsored by AJ100 sponsors Aliva, Bespoke, Deltalight, Equitone, Graphisoft, Grohe, Hoare Lea, Miele, Schlüter Systems and Schueco.