The world-renowned architect behind a multi-million museum on Dundee’s waterfront said the building is perfectly in line with his vision for it.
Kengo Kuma visited the V&A Museum of Design construction site to view his work on Wednesday afternoon and spoke of how he had been driven to create a building which establishes a “unique relationship” between the city, its residents and the River Tay.
Mr Kuma, who has worked on projects across the globe, inspected the completed river-facing “prow” of the building.
His inspiration for the incredible structure came from the local geology and nature of the north-east coast, including the iconic Arbroath Cliffs.
Mr Kuma said he is delighted to see “nature and the building merging” just as he had imagined, adding “the unique relationship” is more than he expected.
When asked what aspect of the building he is most proud of, Mr Kuma said he is particularly proud of how the entrance area is shaping up.
He added: “Especially the entrance and the space beneath the building is very unique. I checked those spaces today and I definitely believe that space will draw the people to the building.”
The architect, from Japan, said: ” The completion is a very stressful day, because sometimes the quality is not a satisfaction but in this case the quality of the difficult details has gave me super satisfaction. I am very happy to see the result of the building.
“I want to see the combination of this unique building and us as art. The two things can create some special experience.”
A total of 2,500 cast stone panels have now been hung onto V&A Dundee’s walls, each one of them made in moulds.
An exact date for the opening of the V&A has not been revealed, however it will be at some point in 2018.