V&A Dundee wins RIAS Award / RIBA Award for Scotland 2019

We’re delighted to announce that V&A Dundee received a RIAS Award / RIBA Award for Scotland on 30th May 2019 at the Award Dinner in Edinburgh.

Kengo Kuma & Associates with PiM.studio Architects and James F Stephen Architects

photo by NAARO

Judges said: “Scotland’s first dedicated design museum is itself an example of the highest level of architectural ingenuity. This building simultaneously stimulates, engages and intrigues visitors. Its unique geometric forms, sitting between the city and the river, draw on a relationship to the water and form an unstated connection to the historical HMS Discovery docked alongside. On approach the building engenders an exciting sense of anticipation as the complex geometry seamlessly reveals the intriguing interior opening out into the voluminous main entrance hall, intended by client and architects to act as a ‘living room for the city’. The first floor contains a consummately detailed restaurant area with dramatic views over HMS Discovery. The primary areas of this floor provide high quality flexible exhibition spaces housing inspiring examples of both the rich heritage of design creativity in Scotland and the work of contemporary Scottish designers, in the supportive setting of this equally inspiring building.”

V&A Dundee was among the ten winners announced at the 2019 RIAS Awards. Other successful projects were: Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience in Speyside, The Black House, Isle of Skye; Briongos MacKinnon House, Strathaven; Broomlands Primary School, Kelso; Collective on Calton Hill, Edinburgh; Mackintosh at the Willow, Glasgow; The Raining’s Stairs Development, Inverness; Scottish National Blood Tranfusion Service – The Jack Copland Centre, Edinburgh; and Tollcross Housing Association Offices, Glasgow.

The 10 winning schemes will be eligible for RIBA national awards, and ultimately the RIBA Stirling Prize. They also form the longlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.