Exciting times, the new V&A in Dundee, Scotland opens on Saturday 15 September. The striking light-filled interior has been designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The international exhibition programme opens with ‘Ocean Liners: Speed and Style’ exploring the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner on an international scale. You may not be aware that Dundee has always been synonymous with Design, the City is the birthplace of the Beano, a centre for life sciences and a leader in the video game industry, so such an impactful design as this new V&A sits nicely in the UNESCO city.
Kengo Kuma’s design is somewhat amphibious in look, with the front of the design looking like a prow of a boat cutting through the River Tay. Back in the 19th century, Dundee was a major seaport that constructed immense ships to bring jute from Calcutta and dispatched Scott to explore the Antarctic. Indeed, RRS Discovery, Captain Scott’s ship, is moored next to the V&A. Definitely worth a visit we all think here at HQ.