V&A Dundee has just opened its doors to the public, the only V&A museum in the world outside London. Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, it stands at the centre of the £1 billion transformation of the Dundee waterfront, once part of the city’s docklands.
With its complex geometry, inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the East coast of Scotland, it stretches out into the River Tay and is already proving to be a popular new landmark. The museum features permanent galleries of Scottish design, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room, fully restored.
Other key objects include a beautifully decorated 15thcentury Book of Hours, a Cartier ‘Valkyrie’ diamond tiara and original Beano artwork from Dundee publishers DC Thomson. There will also be an ambitious international programme of changing exhibitions, showcasing the very best of design from around the world, new design commissions and installations by emerging designers.