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First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

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The first images of the interior of Dundee's V&A Museum of Design have been released ahead of its opening at the weekend.The images show the main entrance hall and staircase of the
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

The museum was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma who said he wanted to create a "living room for the city".It is expected to attract 500,000 visitors in its first year.
The city with grand designs
Everything you need to know about the V&A Dundee
The design galleries include 300 objects, including the restored Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room.
The opening exhibition is Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, celebrating the golden age of ocean travel.
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Oak Room has been meticulously restored
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

Mr Kuma said: "It is fitting that the restored Oak Room by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is at the heart of this building as I have greatly admired his designs since I was a student.
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

The Oak Room was created by Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a tearooms in Glasgow in 1907
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

A detail from Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Oak Room, which has been in storage for almost 50 years
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

"In the Oak Room, people will feel his sensibility and respect for nature, and hopefully connect it with our design for V&A Dundee."I hope the museum can change the city and become its centre of gravity.
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

The Scottish design galleries house a permanent collection of items
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

"I am delighted and proud that this is my first building in the UK and that people will visit it from around the world."
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

Graeme Ogston - BBC Tayside and Central reporter
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

The main hall's imposing staircase
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

Climbing the main hall's imposing staircase to survey Kengo Kuma's vision from the first floor reveals the real majesty of V&A Dundee.Catching glimpses of the river through the small windows, the hall and stairs glint with fossilised coral set into the limestone flooring.
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

The interior is all about light, unlike the pre-cast stone exterior
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

From the get-go, the museum's interior is all about the light.Kuma rethought his original plan to mirror the building's dramatic exterior concrete panels inside.It was a sound decision. Huge sweeping waves of wood panelling rise and swell from ground to first floor.
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

Warming natural light floods through the windows dotted in-between the beams and, most impressively, through a large ground-floor level window that reflects the shimmer of the Tay against the central steel lift.The drama and coolness of outside gives way to a warm wood glow inside the museum.
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

The Scottish Design Galleries feel classic, but contemporary, the first gallery's floor-to-ceiling Inspiration Wall an early highlight.
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

A clay model of Jaguar's I-PACE electric car, showing the design process. Jaguar's Director of Design, Ian Callum, is Scottish.
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

A full-sized clay model Jaguar car sits between the entrances to the permanent collection and the opening touring show Ocean Liners: Speed and Style. After months of keeping its secrets held close, V&A Dundee has now opened its arms to the world.
First look inside V&A Dundee Museum of Design

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