Designs unveiled for new V&A Dundee's retail, cafe and restaurant areas

Lumsden has unveiled its designs for the retail, cafe and restaurant offering at the new V&A Dundee. Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the £80 million landmark building will open on 15 September 2018. V&A Dundee will be Scotland’s first design museum and the only V&A museum in the world outside London.

The brief was to create a ‘living room for the city’, a flexible, welcoming, inspirational space thatwould become a meeting place for the community and museum visitors alike. Lumsden’s scheme complements Kengo Kuma’s stunning architecture and references Dundee’s proud ship building heritage. A combination of European oak, blackened steel, textiles and bespoke concrete is to be used across all three areas.


In the Main Hall, the café and the shop will play a key role in welcoming visitors into the museum and positioning it as a destination in their own right alongside the galleries and exhibitions. These spaces are designed with an open plan aesthetic to add to the social dimension of the Hall. Lumsden has designed flexible schemes for both to allow them to be reconfigured for different uses. The 74 cover café will have different zones with areas of low seating, small dining tables and large communal tables. Seating arrangements can be adapted for bigger groups.

The shop next to the café will sell a selection of the best of Scottish design, museum-led merchandise, local produce and designer. Lumsden’s bespoke merchandising furniture will give the flexibility for units to be pushed back when the Main Hall is used for events.


The second floor Restaurant looks out on to the River Tay and will have 114 covers inside and another 36 on a terrace. Lumsden’s stylish, contemporary scheme will have the adaptability to change to the expectation of diners from morning through lunch and onto a bar-based offer in the evening. It will be a place for socialising, eating and drinking in an exceptional setting.

'To be part of the creation of Scotland’s first design museum is a personal honour as well as a fantastic creative challenge for the Lumsden design team. The spaces we have been given to work with, on this amazing piece of architecture, are awesome and it has been our job to ensure that everyone’s visit to the museum is enhanced by their experience in the shop, restaurant and café zones,' says Callum Lumsden, founder of Lumsden.

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