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New museum will have mezzanine floor

Posted by Marianne
August 15, 2012 in Mezzanine Flooring

Designed over two floors and incorporating a  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring level, stunning plans for the new Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee were unveiled last week at a private screening hosted in London by the Scottish Government.

As part of an initiative to raise the profile of creative and visitor attractions available in Scotland, the digital animation of the £45m project, which is planned to open in 2015, was attended by Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Culture Secretary.

The plans are the vision of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and have been on public show at the Science Centre in Dundee since the showing at Scotland House. The computer-generated plans will go online at the end of August – a full year before the building is scheduled to commence.

Beating 120 other designs to win the contract, Kuma spent time driving around the rugged north east coastline to ensure that he reflected something of the flavour of the area in his design. The result is a dramatic layered design, with angular stone walls jutting out over the harbour and a huge glass atrium in the centre to allow maximum natural light.

Situated on the banks of the Tay with spectacular views over the harbour, river and surrounding countryside, the new V & A will be the only design museum outside London. Exhibitions from London will transfer to the Dundee V & A to be displayed in the four galleries, which have a combined exhibition area of 64,500 sq ft.

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