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V&A Dundee

Kingspan Access Floors helps Scotland’s iconic design museum achieve a high-quality aesthetic.

V&A Dundee, the £80 million museum rated ‘Excellent’ at its design stage BREEAM assessment, was designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates with PiM.studio Architects and James F Stephen Architects.

V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee, the £80 million museum rated ‘Excellent’ at its design stage BREEAM assessment, was designed by KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES with PiM.studio Architects and James F Stephen Architects.

Commissioned by Dundee City Council, the iconic landmark was built by BAM Construction and is a visually-striking, angular structure. It provides a new social and cultural hub, comprising 1,650 m2 of exhibition space connected to the historic riverfront.

The museum’s unique design reveals two buildings at ground floor level which merge from the second floor to create an open foyer and further galleries. Kingspan Access Floors supplied an RMG600 medium grade system for the museum, finished with Attiro magnetic engineered timber flooring. This provided a high specification overlay finish for the second floor with the benefits of a functional design which allows for easy access to the service void below.

The Challenge
 
Maurizio Mucciola, Director at PiM.studio Architects:

“Kingspan RMG600 and Attiro was used on the second-floor circulation, foyer and galleries. The raised floor and Attiro system was chosen to provide flexibility, especially to the gallery spaces which might need to be reconfigured for different exhibitions.”

With the expectation of receiving around 500,000 visitors in the first 12 months, the flooring specified needed to have excellent durability and structural strength. It also needed to be easy to access space beneath the flooring or make changes to the exhibitions, to ensure minimal disruption to visitors.
 
The Design

Attiro engineered timber features a high-quality oak veneer and is magnetically attached to the Kingspan RMG600 raised flooring system. This created the look and feel of a high-end timber floor whilst also allowing simple access to the service spaces beneath. Individual staves can be lifted and returned with minimal risk of damage and the floor could also be walked on as soon as it was laid, assisting project scheduling.
 
The RMG600 raised flooring system offers an ideal solution for high traffic public areas boasting excellent acoustic dampening and structural performance backed with a 25-year total system warranty.


 

Location:
Dundee, Scotland
Building Owner:
Dundee City Council
Architect:
Kengo Kuma & Associates, PiM.studio Architects, James F Stephen Architects
Contractor:
BAM Construction
Completion:
July 2017
Photography:
Hufton+Crow
Awards:
RIAS Award 2019/RIBA Award for Scotland 2019
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