The V&A has opened a brand new location in Dundee. Whereas its London sister is all historic splendour, V&A Dundee is as modern as they come. It’s a stunning creation by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma who’s also designing Tokyo’s National Stadium for the 2020 Olympics.
Inspired by cliffs of north-east Scotland, Kuma’s design floats in the Tayside landscape like a great grey ship. Inside, Scotland’s first design museum is a geometrical marvel of sleek, intersecting panels, with panoramic views across the river. If you can stop gawping at the building long enough, you’ll find its contents have a very different vibe to South Ken too.
Here, the focus is all on the brilliance of Scottish design. All year round, the Scottish Design Galleries, containing everything from a fifteenth-century ‘Book of Hours’ to Christopher Kane’s slashed dresses, will be free to browse. And that’s all before you discover the hidden treasure of Architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room, whipped wholesale from its original tearoom setting in Glasgow and reinstated here. It’s looks – and smells – so gorgeous it’ll take some severe shortbread cravings to make you leave.
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