Complex geometry seamlessly reveals the intriguing interior
Scotland RIBA Regional Award 2019
Kengo Kuma & Associates with PiM.studio Architects and James F Stephen Architects for Dundee City Council
Contract value: £80.1m
Cost per m²: £9,486
V&A Dundee, reviewed by Hugh Pearman in RIBAJ last September, simultaneously stimulates, engages and intrigues visitors. Its unique geometric forms, sitting between the city and the river, draw on a relationship to the water and form an unstated connection to the historical HMS Discovery docked alongside. The museum engenders an exciting sense of anticipation as the complex geometry seamlessly reveals the intriguing interior opening out into the voluminous main entrance hall, intended by client and architects to act as a ‘living room for the city’.