NO4029 : Streamlined ocean liner - exhibit at the V&A Dundee

taken 3 months ago, near to Dundee, Great Britain

Streamlined ocean liner - exhibit at the V&A Dundee
Streamlined ocean liner - exhibit at the V&A Dundee
A concept of Norman Bel Geddes [1893-1958, LinkExternal link]. This was an idea of his from 1932, but never realised. He was a remarkable theatrical and industrial designer. Other ideas he had were 'Airliner Number 4', a 9-deck amphibious airliner. His book 'Magic Motorways' (1940) foreshadowed the US Interstate Highway System [..there should be no more reason for a motorist who is passing through a city to slow down than there is for an airplane which is passing over it'..], along with aspects of driver assist and autonomous driving.
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Dundee
A new international centre for design in Scotland, a platform for exhibiting Scottish designs. The building is a landmark on Dundee’s waterfront, an area that has seen considerable renewal over the last decade or so. The project was approved by Dundee City Council in August 2013. Construction at the site, by BAM Construction, began in March 2015 and the museum opened on 15 September 2018. The cost was initially estimated to be about £45m but that figure was later revised to £80m. The museum has exhibition and gallery spaces, offices, spaces for work and design, and a restaurant and café, as well as the obligatory gift shop.
The design of the building is striking, essentially two intersecting, inverted pyramids, so that on the south side it overhangs the River Tay, and two terraces give views over the river, both SW towards Perth and northeast out to sea. From some aspects it is ship-like in appearance, reflecting both its waterfront location and Dundee’s historic maritime associations. It is also reminiscent of waves and Scottish coastal cliffs. It is clad with horizontal concrete bands of reconstituted stone which, as well as being visually interesting, is expected to provide thermal mass to the building, keeping the galleries warm in winter and cool in summer. It was designed by the Japanese architectural practice Kengo Kuma & Associates, who were chosen from a short list of six from an international competition that attracted participation from 120 firms.
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Date Taken
Friday, 21 September, 2018   (more nearby)
Saturday, 22 September, 2018
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Coastal  Educational sites  City, Town centre  People, Events 
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Norman Bel Geddes 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NO 4051 2989 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:27.4434N 2:58.0127W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NO 4050 2990
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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