The public opening of V&A Dundee is now less than one month away, boosting art and culture in a landmark moment for the Scottish city.
The drone video below shows completely new views of the Kengo Kuma-designed museum, which the Japanese artist says was inspired by the cliffs around Scotland.
The building was designed to reconnect Dundee to the River Tay, its historic trading route and source of economic growth for centuries.
The museum steps out into the River Tay with nearly 2,500 pre-cast concrete panels hanging from its complex curving walls.
These panels cast shadows which change in different weather conditions and as the sun moves around the museum.
Kengo Kuma designed V&A Dundee to be a new ‘living room for the city’, a place for everyone to feel welcome.
The museum’s Scottish Design Galleries will tell the story of the nation’s international links and creativity from the 15th century to today, while the exhibition galleries will open with Ocean Liners: Speed and Style as the first major show.
Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, said: “The journey to launch a major new international design museum is nearly complete, with V&A Dundee now one month from its opening date of Saturday 15 September.
“A great many people have been part of this remarkable journey, from our project team, partners and colleagues, to our constructors and engineers, to all of our generous supporters and everyone who’s taken part in a workshop or attended one of our public talks.
“We are thrilled to be preparing to launch the first dedicated design museum in Scotland, and to reveal a remarkable new piece of architecture by Kengo Kuma.
“The new museum is at the heart of a truly incredible city and we look forward to celebrating the opening.”
A side effect of the buzz around the museums opening has been the increase in average property prices in the city, pushing the market to record levels.
The average price for a home is now £142,231, up 5.9% compared with last year.
The council’s city development convener, Lynne Short, said: “It’s a positive. It shows people want to move and also stay here. Our potential is being realised.”
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