Designed by the celebrated Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, V&A at Dundee will be the first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside of London. It is also the flagship for Dundee’s ambitious plans for its waterfront redevelopment. The HLF grant will primarily support the capital costs of the building, in particular the development of its Scottish Design Galleries dedicated to Scotland’s outstanding design heritage, as well as its ambitious education work across the country.
Dame Seona Reid, Deputy Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:
“The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to start 2014 with good news for Dundee and good news for Scotland. For hundreds of years Scots have made their mark in the world of international design. V&A at Dundee can now present this rich seam of talent to the world, in a stunning building which itself reflects the international cutting-edge design which will also be presented.”
The Scottish Design Galleries will provide a dedicated home designed to tell the narrative of Scotland’s rich and varied contribution to the global design stage. The content of the Galleries is currently being developed but will range from the 17th century to the present day across all media: from furniture and fashion to architecture and game design.
The construction of V&A at Dundee is on schedule for a site start in the summer. It is anticipated the building will complete in late 2016, with the first full year of programming in 2017.