Seize the Tay (Metro, 24th September 2018)


I’M STANDING on the blustery terrace of the new V&A Dundee (free,, inhaling the sharp salt of the silvery River Tay below. Through the strands of hair being whipped across my face I can see the Tay Rail Bridge stretching over the water and wooden polar expedition ship the RRS Discovery.

I feel a little like I’m out on deck myself and there’s something distinctly ship-like about Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s design for the new museum, which opened this month after a 3D Festival launch party headlined by Primal Scream.

Rising from pools of water, with sloping cliff-like walls made of rough stone slats, it’s jaggedly beautiful. It’s the talk of the town and dozens of people surround it, snapping photos on their phone whenever I walk past.