Kengo Kuma Wins V&A at Dundee Competition

The design team led by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma was announced today winner of the international competition for a new landmark building to house the V&A at Dundee on Scotland's East Coast. Kuma beats five other proposals that were shortlisted in late September this year, including Steven Holl, REX, Snøhetta, Delugan Meissl and Sutherland Hussey.

Kengo Kuma's team for the V&A at Dundee project includes the Scottish firms cre8architecture, Optimised Environments Ltd, and CBA, and the engineering firm Arup, which has offices across Scotland, including in Dundee.

"We were delighted by the quality of all the designs which were submitted to the competition and I think this is reflected in the huge public interest which our exhibition of models has generated," said Lesley Knox, Chair of the V&A at Dundee project and of the jury panel.

"Kengo Kuma's proposal was the unanimous choice of the jury panel and is a worthy winner; a building that will delight visitors and encourage them to revisit it again and again. It demonstrates a clear understanding of the city, offers a new experience of the river, and will be as exciting internally as it will be externally.

Kengo Kuma said, "It is a great honour to hear the news and my team and I are grateful for this significant opportunity. I am thrilled to be able to work with those at V&A at Dundee in order to give shape to their vision, to contribute meaningfully to the cultural richness of the city.

The jury panel made their unanimous decision after an extensive process of assessing the designs, interviewing the architects and their teams, and viewing some of their previous work. The public view was also factored in with thousands of questionnaires and comments drawn from the 13,000-plus people who visited the exhibition and those who viewed it online.

The jury panel consisted of:

Lesley Knox (Chair)
Mike Galloway - Director of City Development, Dundee City Council
Graeme Hutton - Dean of the School of Architecture, University of Dundee
Moira Gemmill - Director of Projects & Design, V&A
Jill Farrell - Regional Operations Director, Scottish Enterprise
Professor Nicholas Terry - Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Abertay Dundee
Jim Eyre - Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Clive Gillman - Director, Dundee Contemporary Arts


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