delugan meissl: V&A at dundee shortlisted design

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design proposal of ‘V&A at dundee’ by delugan meissl
all images courtesy delugan meissl and V&A at dundee

vienna-based practice delugan meissl associated architects is one of 6 shortlisted teams
for the international design competition of ‘V&A at dundee‘, organized in collaboration
with london’s victoria and albert museum, abertay and dundee universities,
dundee city council and scottish enterprise.

the design proposal engages with the already existing conditions of the waterfront landscape
and creates an artificial topographical foundation which serves as a structural continuation
between the city of dundee’s urban fabric and the river tay. the resulting grounds consist of
a series of steps, angled platforms, public passage and open plazas which aim to provide
an ideal public meeting place for both locals and visitors.


the museum from the waterfront

the monolithic volume is strategically chiseled and cut to provide specific views and
sight lines of the area. the project features two large viewing stages facing the landscape
and the city where the structure cantilevers over the entrance and public passage.
the angled base which the museum sits on visually interacts with the faceted facade
to seemingly open up to the orientation of the city or funnel in public movement.


night view


interior view


site plan


concept diagrams


south elevation


section looking east


(1) catering
(2) gallery 1
(3) gallery 4
(4) knowledge exchange zone
(5) gallery 3
(6) main hall
(7) delivery / collections / marshalling zone
(8) object preparation zone


section looking west


cross section

(1) wine bar
(2) service
(3) practitioners zone
(4) delivery / collections /marshalling zone
(5) technic
(6) creative learning zone
(7) technic



floor plan – level 0


floor plan – level 01


floor plan – level 02


floor plan – level 03



floor plan – level 04

the other shortlisted firms are REX, kengo kuma, snøhetta, sutherland hussey, and steven holl.

the university of abertay dundee is currently hosting ‘V&A at dundee – making it happen’
which will exhibit all six shortlisted designs in drawings and models. the public is invited
to give their input and opinions of the designs until the 4th of november, 2010.
the winner will be announced in early november with the final building planned to open in 2014.

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