AberdeenArt Gallery closes ahead of major redevelopment

To mark the formal closure of the Aberdeen Art Gallery, prior to it redevelopment, there was a host of public events held in the now empty building.  The public got to use the space in a way not usually possible in a building that normally houses one of Scotland’s most important art collections. Gareth and Donald made the journey to Aberdeen to enjoy the events which included live music and performances, life drawing, clay sculpting, picnics in the galleries, penalty shoot-outs, all culminating with a ceilidh. They didn’t report on who scored the most goals or impressed most on the dancefloor.

The reopening of the building is planned for November 2017 when visitors can look forward to 21 gallery spaces in place of the existing 11, a new rooftop gallery to showcase international-quality exhibitions, two new education suites and a community gallery. The project will see a sensitive upgrading of the Cowdray Hall and integrate it more effectively with the Gallery creating new opportunities for visitors to engage in both art and music. It also encompasses the War Memorial Hall which will be carefully treated to reflect both its role as a space for quiet contemplation and as the home for the civic act of remembrance. All of which will create a world class cultural centre which celebrates art and music and is at the heart of civic and cultural life.

Presentation by Robert Mantho on The Urban Section

Robert is the Stage 5 leader in the Mackintosh School of Architecture and was invited to come office to chat to us about his most recent publication, The Urban Section, which investigates street profiles and city sections from around the world in an attempt to identify best practice for street and city design. His presentation used examples from the book and led to an office wide discussion covering a wide range of topics from the challenges and methodologies for designing urban streetscapes to individual’s personal favourite streets.

For those interested in the book it can be purchased here on the RIBA bookshop website

Lunchtime Design: Hermitage Park Pavilion Ideas

After winning the bid to redevelop Helensburgh’s historic Hermitage Park for Argyle & Bute Council along with landscape architects, Gillespies, we held another of our regular office-wide design charrettes. Once again a there was a wide range of ideas put forward, from an imposing brick arched structure in the middle of the Park, an extended wall linking the pavilion to the Park entrance, to a timber clad glass box with an intimate walled garden around one of the burns which run through the Park.  The client was delighted with the range and quality of ideas that came forward in the charette and the resultant discussion has led to a reconsideration of the brief and the building’s location.