Head to Dundee for the first V&a de­sign mu­seum open­ing out­side lon­don

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Head to the V&A Dundee for de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, both in­side and out

If Dundee hasn't hith­erto been on your cul­tural radar, this au­tumn is the per­fect time to make amends. The Vic­to­ria & Al­bert, Lon­don’s Holy Grail for cre­ativ­ity, is set­ting up a new out­post in the Scot­tish city. The only V&A to open out­side the cap­i­tal, it's also Scot­land’s first ded­i­cated de­sign cen­tre, promis­ing to serve as a trans­for­ma­tive hub of in­no­va­tion, in­spi­ra­tion and in­ge­nu­ity. Its in­au­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion, Ocean Lin­ers: Speed and Style, will ex­plore the golden age of sea­far­ing travel, from op­u­lent Art Deco in­te­ri­ors to stylish pe­riod fash­ions. Per­ma­nent gal­leries will show­case con­tem­po­rary tal­ent and in­stal­la­tion art, and an area ded­i­cated to Scot­tish de­sign re­flects the mu­seum’s ge­o­graph­i­cal routes. While the col­lec­tions alone war­rant a look, we're most ex­cited about the build­ing it­self which is rather mag­nif­i­cent. Con­ceived by Ja­panese ar­chi­tect Kengo Kuma, the mon­u­men­tal struc­ture forms part of a £1 bil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the city’s dock­lands. Kuma’s vi­sion was to cre­ate a space that would con­nect the river and city. The re­sult is a build­ing per­fectly in tune with its sur­rounds, sit­ting har­mo­niously be­tween wa­ter and land. We think it’s time to plan a trip…

words and re­search ⁄ Pa­trick Hamil­ton court­ney

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