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Dundee V&A vision wins top design award

Kengo Kuma's design
Image caption Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will lead the V&A design team

A Japanese architect's design for the V&A Dundee building has won an international industry award.

The £45m museum, to be sited at Craig Harbour on the banks of the River Tay, is due to open in 2014.

Architect Kengo Kuma was selected in November 2010 to design the Scottish outpost of London's Victoria and Albert museum.

His vision was named best "unbuilt" project by World Architecture News in the civic buildings sector.

'Highest quality'

The competition judges said the design was a "classic example of architecture that goes beyond the brief". It was also commended for having a significant impact on the surrounding area.

Philip Long, director of V&A at Dundee, said: "Our congratulations to Kengo Kuma on winning this award for such an outstanding design, even before its construction has begun.

"V&A at Dundee's vision is to be an international centre for design, and we are delighted that the building Kengo Kuma is creating for us is in itself an expression of design of the highest quality."

Kengo Kuma was chosen to design the V&A at Dundee after an international competition that attracted more than 120 entries from around the world.

The museum is being built in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Local partners in the project include the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise.

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