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.
"This has the potential to be one of Europe's most exciting buildings."
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.
"It will be an exciting endeavour that will combine the tradition and heritage of the Victoria and Albert Museum and our new ideas. Furthermore, we are enthusiastic about the amazing site, the city and environment - it is our intention to find a balanced approach to nature and the city life of Dundee. We wish to bring our best efforts forward, with vigour and passion."
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.
"We have subjected each of the six proposals to exhaustive scrutiny, including having external assessors do a detailed examination of projected costs, and we did not have to exclude any of the submissions on grounds of affordability," said Mike Galloway, Director of City Development for Dundee City Council and a member of the panel.
"The Kengo Kuma design gives us something which is bold and ambitious but buildable and practical. It is a beautiful stone building which elegantly meets the requirements we laid out in the brief. This is a harmonious and integrated response to this unique site, which enhances the overall Waterfront Project."
Sir Mark Jones, Director of the V&A, said the design offered `fantastic spaces to exhibit stunning design collections'.
"I think this will become a major destination and will give us an internationally recognised building," said Sir Mark. "It will reward repeat visits and attract attention from around the world."
The company will now engage with the partners in the V&A at Dundee project to further develop the proposal. Detailed design work will continue throughout 2011 and work is projected to start onsite in autumn 2012.
The V&A at Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee Ltd, a ground-breaking partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum - the world's greatest museum of art and design - and the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise.
Design Dundee Ltd is looking to create a landmark building, which will be sited at Craig Harbour right on the banks of the River Tay. The site is being made available through the Dundee Central Waterfront Partnership, the joint venture between Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise which is revitalising the prime area of land linking the city centre with the River Tay.
The exhibition of models at the University of Abertay Dundee library will remain open until Saturday November 13th to allow people to return and view the winning design and the other proposals.
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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