£80m venue almost complete
Opening date set for Dundee’s V&A Museum
Distinctive design: the V&A will be a new landmark
Dundee’s V&A Museum of Design, part of a £1 billion regeneration scheme, is to open in September.
The £80 million riverside venue, masterminded by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is destined to become a major tourism attraction and help revive the city’s fortunes.
The cost of the project has almost doubled since Kuma’s design won an international competition and is also completed four years later than envisaged.
It will form the centrepiece of the revamped waterfront area which will include a new road network and a public park connected to the city centre via Union Street and a new railway station for the city, which is due to open in March.
The interior displays and design of the V&A will not be revealed until it opens on 15 September.
However, it will house 300 objects spanning more than 500 years, showcasing a range of artefacts from history to the latest digital technology and fashion trends.
Among the items to be displayed are a Highland pistol, a Dennis the Menace artwork and an elephant-shaped case designed by the artist Eduardo Paolozzi for the linoleum company Nairn Floors.
The museum hopes to attract 500,000 visitors in its first year.