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Wednesday 03 Nov 2010

Kengo Kuma wins V&A at Dundee

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10/11/10 S Auerbach F.A.I.A., CHEVY CHASE, MD.
The above writers are spot on! Why not run a competition to see who can determine how many stories in this – what's the over-used word – ICONIC pile of whatever it's made of !
09/11/10 James Dunnett, London
Why can't we just have a building with some usable spaces rather than this kind of gimmicky oddity? It's the contents that are supposed to be the exhibits. If this is the unanimous choice of the jury one despairs.
09/11/10 Herman, Houston Texas
Good Idea gone bad. Anybody think about how one cleans so much surface area? Where are the hand rails on the stairs, then again what isn't stairs?
06/11/10 Mike, Budapest
Almost everything about this building sems to be wrong, from its lack of scale to its perverse inversion of form. Yet another example of sensation-seeking magazine architecture or, perhaps more accurately, habitable sculpture. I thought people had started to see through the value of the "Bilbao effect".
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Unanimous jury vote sees Kengo Kuma design steal first prize for V&A at Dundee 

An esteemed jury led by Chair of the V&A at Dundee project Lesley Knox has chosen Kengo Kuma as the winner of an international competition to design the new landmark at Craig Harbour. Six proposals were debated by the jury panel and an exhibition of the designs by Steven Holl, REX, Kengo Kuma, Snohetta with Gareth Hoskins Architects, Sutherland Hussey and Delugan Meissl will stay on display at the University of Abertay Dundee library until 13th November.

The public were highly encouraged to air their responses to the competition entries via questionnaires and comments on an online forum, as the results were taken into account during the final decision-making process. Comments on forum post-winning announcement applaud the jury's choice, with guests to the site remarking: "If budget is not an issue, this is the best choice and will have a massive impact on the perception of Dundee for years to come as well as a great place to visit. Congratulations to the panel for making a bold and brave decision" and "Excellent choice. I think most entries (with one exception) had good attributes. Thank you for choosing something iconic and of high quality. This whole process has really been enthusiastically embraced by the city....at last someone is interested"

Lesley Knox, Chair of the V&A at Dundee project and of the jury panel, stated: "Kengo Kuma's proposal was the unanimous choice of the jury panel and is a worthy winner; a building that will delight visitors and encourage them to revisit it again and again. It demonstrates a clear understanding of the city, offers a new experience of the river, and will be as exciting internally as it will be externally."

Work will now begin on further developments to the proposal and construction is expected to begin onsite in autumn 2012. To read a previous article on the competition entries click here.

Kengo Kuma's team for the V&A at Dundee project includes the Scottish firms cre8architecture, Optimised Environments Ltd, and CBA, and the engineering firm Arup, which has offices across Scotland, including in Dundee.

Sian Disson
News Editor

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