The V&A Dundee has released visuals of its shop, café and restaurant, which will launch in time for the museum’s opening on 15 September 2018.
The £80 million museum has been designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who is also designing the stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The retail and food spaces are currently being designed by Lumsden Design, and aim to be “flexible, welcoming” spaces for both museum visitors and the wider Dundee community, says studio founder Callum Lumsden.
The three areas use a consistent material palette of European oak, blackened steel, textiles and bespoke concrete, which have been inspired by the building’s architecture as well as the surrounding landscape and the industrial heritage of Dundee, particularly ship-building, says Lumsden.
The coastal city is also celebrated by windows in the restaurant allowing views over the River Tay, while the shop and café spaces are open-plan and “flexible” to allow furniture to be moved for different events to take place within the spaces.
The spaces aim to attract the public specifically, acting as a “living room for the city”, says Lumsden.
“The aspiration for the design concepts for each of the areas was to allow them to become destinations in their own right, alongside the exhibitions,” he says.
The V&A Dundee will open in September with two exhibitions – a temporary show on ships called Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, and a permanent gallery of Scottish design.
The Scottish Design Galleries will be host to 300 exhibits, including architecture, fashion, healthcare products, furniture, and video games, and have been taken from the V&A’s collections, plus other museums, private collections and Scottish and worldwide designers.
The museum build took roughly two-and-a-half years, after construction began in March 2015 and the exterior was finished in October 2017.
The V&A Dundee will be Scotland’s first design museum. For more information on the cultural venture, head here.