In 2009 Hoskins Architects won a national competition for the redevelopment and expansion of the grade A listed Aberdeen Art Gallery. The Gallery, Cowdray Hall and War Memorial complex has a significant presence within the city and houses an exceptional collection, particularly of Scottish Colourists and contemporary artists.
Awarded Planning Permission in 2014, Hoskins Architects’ proposals involve various alterations to improve the visitor experience, tackling access from the street and public circulation, improving visitor services and increasing display areas. The new copper clad rooftop extension is a symbol for the Art Gallery’s rejuvenation, and creates a striking presence for the Gallery within the City. Designed as a new sculptural element in response to the proportions of the existing frontage, the extension achieves the client’s ambitions to create a world class venue for art and music. The extension makes use of the outdoor rooftop terraces by offering spectacular views across Aberdeen. The space contains a suite of new environmentally controlled temporary galleries, as well as much-needed learning and event spaces, providing bold new interiors that will engage and inspire visitors. These new spaces provide the Gallery with the ability to accommodate large international touring exhibitions with their associated education and corporate events. The project is currently onsite and due to complete 2019.