Dundee Waterfront, Dundee
OPEN has designed a range of public realm proposals as part of the ongoing £1bn regeneration of Dundee’s waterfront.
We were initially selected as part of the successful team for the V&A at Dundee in 2011, working alongside Architects Kengo Kuma and Associates. The development realises the first permanent V&A branch outside London and, alongside RRS Discovery, is the flagship of the wider masterplan.
Our designers worked closely with the project team to develop the initial competition concepts into a detailed set of tender information, and is now involved in the delivery of the proposals on site.
Following this OPEN was engaged directly by Dundee City Council (DCC) to produce designs for nine 10m x 10m ‘pocket gardens’ within the area’s main open space, Slessor Gardens. Themed to represent and celebrate aspects of Dundee’s history the gardens were opened by Queen Elizabeth II in July 2016.
Most recently OPEN were asked to develop proposals for a new park alongside the V&A, Dundee Waterfront Place. Our brief was to develop a space that excites, with opportunities for an urban beach, water features and aquatic play alongside a series of pavilion buildings, marking a key point of activity on the edge of the River Tay.
OPEN’s proposals demonstrate an integrated approach to the design, with elements incorporated into a distinctive landscape inspired by coastal forms. The space is designed to be distinctive in its own right, but also integrate with the formal layout of Slessor Gardens, and the public realm associated with the V&A at Dundee.