Residents vote in favor of Diller, Scofidio & Renfro’s Aberdeen City Garden Redesign

View from Rosemount Viaduct - Rendering provided by the submission boards

The people of Aberdeen, Scotland have voted in favor of the £140m Aberdeen City Garden redevelopment proposal designed by the New York-based practice Diller, Scofidio & Renfro (DS+R), in collaboration with local architects Keppie Design and Philadelphia landscape architects OLIN.

DS+R plans to redevelop the nineteenth-century Union Terrace Gardens with a Granite Web that intends to “fuse nature and culture into a vital social network at the heart of the city” with an “elastic web of three-dimensional interconnections” that spans across the six-hectare site. Continue reading for more information.

Existing Site – Images courtesy of Aberdeen City Garden Project

The referendum revealed a competitive turn-out, as 41,175 citizens of Aberdeen voted to preserve the existing gardens and 45,301 voted to move forward with the City Garden redevelopment.

According to the BDOnline report, Charles Renfro stated: “We are thrilled that the public have come out in favour of the City Garden Project, albeit by a small majority.”

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring a new pulse to the heart of Aberdeen through year-round activities and groundbreaking design. We look forward to continuing our work with the citizens of Aberdeen as we fine tune the design and deliver a project for all Aberdeen to use and enjoy.”

Proposed Site - Rendering provided by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro submission boards

The next step will require the DS+R team to create detailed plans before submitting a planning application later this year. The project is planned to be completed in 2016.

Read our previous coverage on the project for more information on the proposed design at Diller Scofidio + Renfro selected to transform the center of Aberdeen.

Reference: BDOnline, BBC, Diller, Scofidio & Renfro


Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Residents vote in favor of Diller, Scofidio & Renfro’s Aberdeen City Garden Redesign" 02 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 Apr 2015. <>