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