V&A Dundee Campaign

A few weeks ago we went to the V&A at Dundee (Making it Happen) exhibition in Dundee. Exhibited were proposals for an off-shoot of the iconic London Museum to be located in Dundee. They had already had a design competition and shortlisted the winners down to 6 designs. 6 designs by (mostly) international superstar architects. So what a great day trip to go and have a nosey round, see some amazing drawings and models.

The shortlisted designs and their architects (from left to right above) are: Delugan Meissl, Kengo Kuma, REX, Snohetta, Steven Holl, and Sutherland Hussey. How awesome for a little place like Dundee?

I have a favourite, and while it was hard to pick out (there are no absolute winners in this pile. Nothing screams success or shows itself to be superior to the others. Although one of two scream failure – Holl, have some respect. Half-assed schemes are nothing to be proud of), my overall winner was Kengo Kuma. Aswell as being a super cool architect, Kuma has created something of a mix between the De Young Museum in San Francisco and Casa da Musica in Porto. It could be so cool. And just a few days ago I found out that the winner is…. Kuma! Awesome, the winner of the public vote however was REX.

But any of these on a budget of £40 million and by 2014? No way. Zaha Hadid’s Stirling Prize winning MAXI Museum in Rome cost £140 and is on par in size and didn’t even include building it on a non existent site over the water. Best of luck Dundee, but I’m not holding my breath.


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