Competition heats up as submissions close
Over 120 architect and design teams from around the world have registered their official interest in the V&A at Dundee project, which aims to develop a new centre of 21st century design on a site on Dundee’s waterfront.
The design competition was launched at the start of the year, with the deadline for initial submissions of interest set for February 15th and now 122 submissions have been received from all over the globe.
“The reaction to the design competition has been phenomenal,” said Mike Galloway, Director of City Development for Dundee City Council.
“We are confident that we have a project here that is immensely appealing to the architecture and design community and that has been confirmed by the number and the quality of the submissions we have received."
While names of architects are not yet being revealed, Galloway added: “There are some very prominent names among those who have entered but we also have lots of emerging talent and it is fantastic to see the level of ambition that this project is creating.”
The V&A at Dundee is being delivered by a ground-breaking partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum - considered the world’s greatest museum of art and design - and the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise. Looking to create a landmark building, the site of the museum, which will sit just to the south of Craig Harbour on a site to be created out into the River Tay, will create a challenge for the entrants:
"The plan at the moment is for the building to be out into the water - how that is achieved will be decided as the design competition becomes more focused, as different architects/designers may have different ideas on how it can best be achieved and fit in their vision, costs accommodating of course," said a spokesman for the University of Dundee.
Entries to the design competition will now be examined in detail by a panel of judges formed between the partners and external advisors. A shortlist of around 5 or 6 design teams will then be drawn up and announced later in the Spring. They will each be asked to produce design concepts and models, which will go on public view. A winner of the design competition will be announced in the summer. It is planned that the V&A at Dundee will open in 2014.