Dundee wel­comes the world’s me­dia to its de­sign mu­seum Kengo Kuma’s dream be­comes a re­al­ity

Hun­dreds of jour­nal­ists flock to the city

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAKE KEITH jkeith@the­courier.co.uk

Me­dia from across the world came to Dundee yes­ter­day to get the first look in­side the mu­seum.

Jour­nal­ists from Switzer­land, France, Italy, USA, Ja­pan and across the UK and Ire­land gained ex­clu­sive ac­cess on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Many spoke of the strong im­pres­sion given not just by the mu­seum, but also the city in gen­eral.

Mar­ilena Lual­dia, a reporter with La Provin­cia di Como in North­ern Italy, first vis­ited the city years be­fore the wa­ter­front re­gen­er­a­tion be­gan.

She said: “This was the first city I vis­ited in Scot­land 20 years ago.

“I fell in love with the his­tory and the land­scape of Dundee – I ac­tu­ally ended up writ­ing a book on the an­niver­sary of Cap­tain Scott’s jour­ney on the RRS Dis­cov­ery.

“I vis­ited again four years ago for the Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum and I didn’t recog­nise the wa­ter­front at all.

“I love the mu­seum, it’s amaz­ing. I have to ad­mire the brav­ery and courage of the city for get­ting all of this done.”

Carla Colmegna, from Mi­lan-based daily Il Cit­tadino, added: “This is my first time in Dundee.

With this broad­cast all across the coun­try, Dundee will be bet­ter known. YUKIKO KISHI­MOTO

“I love de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture so my friend asked me to come here to see the V&A.

“I think it’s amaz­ing to see two ‘ships’ so close to­gether. It re­ally does feel like you’re on a ship when you’re stand­ing look­ing out onto the wa­ter.

“I love see­ing the wa­ter and na­ture so close to a built-up city.”

Yukiko Kishi­moto, a news pro­ducer at Nip­pon TV, a na­tional Ja­panese broad­caster based in Lon­don, said the mu­seum’s ar­chi­tect had drawn at­ten­tion from the coun­try.

She said: “People don’t know much about Dundee in Ja­pan — they only know about nearby St An­drews be­cause of the golf.

“The main rea­son we are here is be­cause the ar­chi­tect Kengo Kuma is be­hind the new Na­tional Sta­dium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“He is very fa­mous in Ja­pan so people will be very in­ter­ested to know about this work.

“With this broad­cast across the coun­try, Dundee will be bet­ter known. I do think this mu­seum will be­come a great tourist at­trac­tion.

“The har­mony be­tween na­ture and the ar­ti­fi­cial build­ings is im­pres­sive.

“One of the things I love most about Scot­land is the beau­ti­ful na­ture.”

The ex­te­rior of the V&A Dundee gets a pleas­ant flo­ral dis­play be­fore wel­com­ing me­dia and dig­ni­taries to the first look at its in­te­rior.

Me­dia pho­tog­ra­phers gather to take pic­tures of Kengo Kuma dur­ing the open day.

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