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Designing V&A Dundee

by Dan Clipsom, Arup

The structure required to achieve this vision is extremely complex, consisting of a series of curved and warping concrete walls which lock together to form a rigid structural shell. The inherent strength and stability of this approach ensures the building can sit firmly over an infilled dock site and project it’s prow over the river wall and into the Tay.

Designing a building of such complexity raises new types of problems such as: how do you draw a building like this? The simple answer is that you don’t. This building was conceived, developed, designed and delivered through the use of 3D model information with a single central model that drove everything from structural analysis through to the cutting and placing of formwork on site.

V&A Dundee is the first time the V&A has created a permanent base outside of London and it is therefore wholly fitting that this museum to showcase design is itself an engineering marvel.

Dan Clipsom is an Associate at Arup in Edinburgh who leads engineering teams to achieve bold and exciting things. Join him to discover the story behind the design of Scotland’s newest iconic building.

The Sponsor - The C F Lunoe Trust: Christian Frederick Lunoe was born in Denmark in 1891 and educated at Copenhagen University. He came to England with Knud Holst in 1918 and established Holst and Company Ltd, a firm specialising in the design and construction of reinforced concrete. Holst and Company became public in 1956. Christian Lunoe’s interest in people inspired him to institute a Trust Fund in 1960 for the benefit of certain charitable purposes and for the furtherance of support to technical training, education and research. This is known as the C F Lunoe Trust Fund.

Tea/Coffee available from 6.00 pm; the lecture will be followed by drinks and canapés.



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