Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has said the V&A in Dundee will prove value for money, despite its price tag rising to more than £80 million.
The Waterfront museum, which will open in September, was originally budgeted at £45m. But in an interview, Mr Kuma said he was confident the money will prove to have been well-spent.
He said: “For long-time value, it isn’t a waste of money.
“Architecture should live with its community for a long time. And if we can find the best solution, future generations can appreciate it.”
Mr Kuma, who has been chosen to design the stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, also said he hopes the V&A will inspire an entirely new approach to architecture.
He said he wanted to create an iconic building that also has “the modesty and humbleness of nature”.
Visiting exhibitions at the V&A will charge for entrance but entry to the rest of the museum, which includes the Scottish Design Galleries, will be free.