V&A museum designed by Kengo Kuma opens in Dundee

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A branch of the world's largest Victoria and Albert Design Museum, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, will open in Dundee, Scotland on September 15

Construction of the branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum (The Victoria and Albert Museum) in the Scottish city of Dundee is completed. The first design museum in the country will open this Saturday. The project was developed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

Victoria and Albert Museum (photo 0)

The new building is reminiscent of Scottish cliffs rising from the waters of the River Tay. “The museum in Dundee will enliven the waterfront landscape. I tried to create a new type of organic form. The space will be able to attract guests from the capital, and Dundee will become the cultural center of the whole country. The project can completely change the image of the city,” says Kengo Kuma.

Victoria and Albert Museum (photo 7)

The spectacular facade of the building is made of 2,500 cast stone elements – the concrete frame is completely hidden behind the original cladding. In the interior, natural wood was used to create warmth and comfort, contrasting with the harsh exterior of the building.

Victoria and Albert Museum (photo 9)

The museum was created in cooperation with the main branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum collection currently includes 300 exhibits, and the reconstructed Oak Room of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Charles Rennie Mackintosh) in 1907, designed for tea rooms in Glasgow, has become a key room. These were a new type of cafes for people of different ages, genders and social strata, created by the daughter of the tea magnate, Mrs. Katherine Cranston.

Kengo Kuma's Victoria and Albert Museum opens in Dundee (Photo 8)

In addition to the collection of Scottish design, the museum plans to create a program of temporary exhibitions and social events. The branch's first event will be the “Ocean Liners: Speed ​​and Style” exhibit, which will resurrect the golden age of one of the most majestic modes of transport. Visitors will embark on a journey through the Titanic's state decks, the Normandy's staterooms, and the Queen Mary's engineering quarters. img data-src=”/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/c526fa8b34a1e2c1f122bbec245a6f2d.jpg” width=”728″ height=”485″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-371a4ab7=”1″ alt= “Victoria and Albert Museum (photo 13)” />+1

Victoria Museum History and Alberta began in London in 1852. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design was built in South Kensington with the support of the royal family – Queen Victoria and Prince Consort Albert. In 1899, the new main building of the museum was founded, after which it was named after the Queen and her husband. The main building of the museum was designed by English architect Aston Webb. /2022/02/009c46a551fe4ec462ef392f5fdf29f3.jpg” width=”728″ height=”620″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-371a4ab7=”1″ alt=”Victoria and Albert Museum (photo 2)” />Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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