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Dundee V&A museum architect shortlist announced

Six firms vying for the right to design the new landmark building on city's waterfront.

Dundee V&A museum architect shortlist announced

A shortlist of architect and design teams competing for the V&A at Dundee project has been announced on Thursday - and includes bidders from around the world.

Companies from Vienna, Tokyo, New York, Oslo, and Edinburgh form the shortlist, which contains some of the most exciting names in world architecture and design.

The shortlisted companies are Delugan Meissl Associated Architects of Vienna, Kengo Kuma & Associates of Tokyo, REX of New York, Snøhetta of Oslo and Steven Holl Architects of New York.

Sutherland Hussey Architects of Edinburgh are the only UK firm reprsented in the list.

Lesley Knox, Chair of Design Dundee Ltd, the company which has been established to drive the V&A at Dundee project forward, headed the jury panel which decided on the shortlist.

She said: "The high quality and wide variety of the shortlist will enable the partners to create a building which will not only be part of the transformation of Dundee's waterfront but also be a landmark for visitors from Scotland and all over the world."

Sir Mark Jones, Director of the V&A, added: "We are delighted with the results of the international architectural competition which attracted so many entries from practices all over the world. This is a particularly strong shortlist which promises to produce an outstanding building that reflects the V&A's unique partnership with Dundee."

Over 120 architect and design teams from around the world made submissions to the design competition for the V&A at Dundee project, which aims to develop a new centre of 21st century design for Scotland at the heart of Dundee’s waterfront.

The shortlisted companies will each be asked to produce design concepts and models, which will go on public view in the library of the University of Abertay Dundee. The winner of the design competition will then be announced in late summer.

The V&A at Dundee is looking to create a landmark building, which will be sited at Craig Harbour on the banks of the River Tay.

The site is being made available through the Dundee Central Waterfront Partnership, the joint venture between Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise which is revitalising the prime area of land linking the city centre with the River Tay.

It is planned that the V&A at Dundee will open in 2014.

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