Inspired by the sedimentary cliffs of Scotland’s east coast, the V&A Museum of Design Dundee juts out into the Firth of Tay estuary.
Anticlastic – curved in opposite directions – this wall surface serves as a type model and feasibility study.
Markus Beez, Head of Technical Office
"Black, surface-finished architectural concrete without air pockets, offsets or cracks, the combination of the most complicated curves with straight walls, an overall construction that only became load-bearing after the roof was completed, the construction size squeezed in between the water and existing buildings – the V&A was a technical and logistical challenge that involved a great many people and could only be achieved through extremely good communication and teamwork. 3D planning and prefabrication of the formwork units in Weissenhorn, Germany, final assembly of the freeform formwork in Rugby, delivery and assembly in Dundee, right on time for the next concreting step: everything was painstakingly choreographed. We are talking about hundreds of tonnes of formwork and scaffolding material, countless custom-made formwork elements and several designers scattered around the world working simultaneously on CNC data and assembly drawings. On the construction site itself, we were always represented by two project managers at the same time, so that it was absolutely certain that Careys, the contractor carrying out the work, had a contact person available at all times. They adopted us straight away and declared us honorary Scots."