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The Art of Architecture

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Episode 3: The Art of Architecture

Summary

A look at Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's work on design museum V&A Dundee, including the huge challenges behind its construction.

Review

It’s hoped that Kengo Kuma’s spectacular design for Dundee’s waterfront V&A museum will help regenerate a city spoilt by insensitive development during the 1960s.

Inspired by the strata of cliffs, it’s a hugely ambitious and expensive project involving two conjoined inverted pyramids clad with 2,500 different-sized precast planks.

Watching Kuma’s structure’s complex geometry gradually come together is astonishing. From one angle, the finished building looks like an ocean liner setting sail; from others, a sheer cliff rising from the dockside.

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