V&A Museum of Design Dundee
V&A Museum of Design Dundee will be an international centre for design, housed in a world-class building at the heart of Dundee's revitalised waterfront. It will host major exhibitions, celebrate Scotland's design heritage, inspire and promote contemporary talent, and encourage design innovation for the future.
V&A Museum of Design Dundee forms part of the V&A's long-term vision to bring the Museum's collections and exhibitions to a wider audience as a key part of its national strategy.
V&A Museum of Design Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee Ltd, a ground-breaking partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum and Dundee City Council, the Universities of Dundee and Abertay Dundee, and Scottish Enterprise.
Japanese architectural practice Kengo Kuma & Associates won the international architecture competition to design a landmark building for the museum on the banks of the River Tay. The bold and ambitious design will be Kengo Kuma's first British building, and the first design museum to be built in the UK outside of London. Kuma describes his vision for the building as a new 'living room for the city' - a vibrant place for everyone to enjoy.
The Scottish Government has committed £15m in capital towards the project’s £45m budget. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a further £9.4m (of which £8m is for capital). Creative Scotland has awarded £5m (of which £4.5m is for capital). The remaining amounts will fund activities in the pre and early opening phase. A further £15m is also being sought from private sources, corporates, generous philanthropic pledges and gifts with £6.7m already raised towards this goal.
V&A Museum of Design Dundee is much more than just a building.
Learning is key: programmes are designed specifically for the museum’s audiences – from families, schools, young people to business and our communities. The very first community engagement project, Living Room for the City, was launched in April 2014.
It will be the first museum to run a specific design-led business innovation (DLBI) strand, which will place creativity at the heart of business, be they creative industries, startups or established multi-nationals. DLBI will be a visible design and innovation hub, offering a range of core and experimental activities to engage audiences in the business and benefits of design.
Along with raising aspirations and contributing to civic pride, a recent economic impact study highlighted the many ways in which V&A Dundee will impact positively on the city. It will support new hotel development in Dundee; encourage inward investment into Dundee Waterfront, accelerating its development; lead to the creation of many tourism-related jobs and broader job creation in Scotland by driving design led business innovation.