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AL_A Selected for $55Million Renovation and Extension of Scotland's Paisley Museum

14:00 - 21 May, 2018
AL_A Selected for $55Million Renovation and Extension of Scotland's Paisley Museum, Exterior of the Paisley Museum. Image Courtesy of Paisley Museum
Exterior of the Paisley Museum. Image Courtesy of Paisley Museum

London-based AL_A has been appointed for their first Scottish commission: the $55million (£42million) transformation of the Paisley Museum. The brief calls for the revitalization of the home of Paisley’s textile heritage, natural history and art and science collections.

The museum’s transformation is a flagship project for a $135million (£100million) investment in cultural venues by the council governing the city of Paisley, in preparation for a UK City of Culture 2021 bid legacy.

Call for Submissions: Architecture Fringe 2018 Scotland

12:55 - 8 January, 2018
Call for Submissions: Architecture Fringe 2018 Scotland, Architecture Fringe 2018 open call banner - credit Architecture Fringe
Architecture Fringe 2018 open call banner - credit Architecture Fringe

The Architecture Fringe has launched an open call for submissions to its 2018 open programme.

The Architecture Fringe was launched in 2016 by a group of architects, designers, photographers, engineers, visual artists and curators to encourage public debate about architecture and design in Scotland within its broader socio-political context.

Carmody Groarke's Transparent Pavilion Will Allow for the Preservation of Historic Hill House by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

14:30 - 6 December, 2017
Carmody Groarke's Transparent Pavilion Will Allow for the Preservation of Historic Hill House by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, The temporary pavilion will cover Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House for preservation work. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke
The temporary pavilion will cover Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House for preservation work. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke

London-based firm Carmody Groarke and the National Trust for Scotland have announced plans for a major project to conserve one of Scotland’s most important buildings: the Hill House in Helensburgh, designed by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 

The temporary pavilion will cover Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House for preservation work. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke The structure will be maximally transparent as to preserve the house's relationship to its context. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke Viewing platforms will allow the house to be seen from new vantage points. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke Hill House as it stands today © Flickr <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/hisgett/36698087814/in/photolist-XUThXY-um4aM-YAQuC3-5vCauR-5vGtMS-fUBHod-UHynxs-um2PQ-fGBnhp-ukYEt-um3io-ukYBH-um5ve-um2Hf-um432-ukXqe-5vCag8-um2mj-um2AV-um6Lw-YWQJv5-ukYq7-um3sz-um1by-XYkMYc-YZAHZK-XYJgNX-um6WY-YZAFna-um5M8-ukZtS-YWQF9q-um5YP-ukZ5o-um2eo-um2tW-um3VD-um6aZ-VZVDbr-XYkEGi-um3C3-ukZ8W-ukXY9-nqPNRC-um3M5-um7oB-5vCacT-ukX5z-um4iK-ukZjc'>user hisgett</a>. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 + 4

Ruin Studio / Lily Jencks Studio + Nathanael Dorent Architecture

03:00 - 29 November, 2017
Ruin Studio / Lily Jencks Studio + Nathanael Dorent Architecture, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone + 55

Mecanoo Selected to Transform Perth City Hall in Scotland into New Cultural Center

12:00 - 23 August, 2017
Mecanoo Selected to Transform Perth City Hall in Scotland into New Cultural Center , Main Space. Image © Mecanoo Architecten
Main Space. Image © Mecanoo Architecten

Mecanoo has been selected to design the renovation of the historically landmarked Perth City Hall in Scotland, transforming the building into a new cultural facility through a series of sensitive interventions and a reimagined space flow. Envisioned as a new gateway to Perth, the scheme will pull from the city’s history and culture to create a place that is accessible to all.

Cafe. Image © Mecanoo Architecten Aerial View. Image © Mecanoo Architecten Learning Center. Image © Mecanoo Architecten © <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/ninian_reid/21767259146/in/photolist-zauTMu-9Qs2tp-d4Fmpy-d4FjcL-9QuQJd-d4FhDW-d4EZ17-9QuQSY-ed34J3-X1CA4S-9QuR9W-9Qs2cc-s8snXL-9QuRbQ-d4F2GU-9QuQFU-9QuQVd-fDW28n-s8reEJ-T1PJh7-cosyCC-hhAoPj-9Qs2re-9QuQEf-9QuQXb-8CKAqT-pdAt2S-fSbRmh-UezWwG-VZMpkq-pdAyV5-fDVZ3Z-rtdLsp-puNBvX-pwCro4-pb5sgT-X1CB61-d4FaXj-d4EWLY-d4F54A-cosBk1-d4F7Do-9JmUh1-nFzoL3-9pYwWY-yuQxQ-v5M5eB-cotc3w-brazGr-d4FeJ3'>Flickr user ninian_reid</a>. Licensed under CC BY 2.0. ImagePerth City Hall today + 5

wHY-led Team Wins Competition for Edinburgh's Ross Pavilion

10:20 - 1 August, 2017
wHY-led Team Wins Competition for Edinburgh's Ross Pavilion, © wHY
© wHY

The team led by US-based architects wHY has been selected as the winner of the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition, beating out proposals from Adjaye Associates, BIG, Flanagan Lawrence, Page\Park Architects, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and William Matthews Associates + Sou Fujimoto Architects.

Featuring an international collaboration of architects, engineers and creative agencies – including Edinburgh-based design studio GRAS, Groves-Raines Architects, Arup, Studio Yann Kersalé, O Street, Stuco, Creative Concern, Noel Kingsbury, Atelier Ten and Lawrence Barth – the team envisioned a rolling terrain for the West Princes Street Gardens site that the jury lauded as both exciting and respectful of its historic setting.

© wHY © wHY © wHY © wHY + 7

Rockvilla – National Theatre of Scotland HQ / Hoskins Architects

02:00 - 23 July, 2017
Rockvilla – National Theatre of Scotland HQ / Hoskins Architects, © Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography
© Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography

© Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography © Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography © Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography © Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography + 20

2017 Scottish Architecture Fringe: Closing Lecture

08:00 - 12 July, 2017
2017 Scottish Architecture Fringe: Closing Lecture, Sam Jacob, Beatrice Galilee and Cath Slessor explore and discuss the infrastructural state of architecture in a world context.
Sam Jacob, Beatrice Galilee and Cath Slessor explore and discuss the infrastructural state of architecture in a world context.

Architecture occurs within a multiplicity of varying contexts, arrangements and expressions. It can be deployed for the greater good and harnessed for singular enrichment. It can be activated to induce joy and utilised to encourage fear. It can be programmed to provide the infrastructural genesis of further activity and applied as final conclusive decoration.

The Democratic Monument: Adam Nathaniel Furman's Manifesto for a New Type of Civic Center

04:00 - 3 July, 2017
The Democratic Monument: Adam Nathaniel Furman's Manifesto for a New Type of Civic Center, © Adam Nathaniel Furman
© Adam Nathaniel Furman

Civic buildings are, as a rule, both austere and intimidating. They are often designed to represent authority above all, taking cues from Classical architectural language to construct an image of power, dominance, and civic unity. Adam Nathaniel Furman, a London-based architect and thinker, has at once eschewed and reengaged this typology in order to propose an entirely new type of civic center ("Town Hall") for British cities. The proposal, which was commissioned by the 2017 Scottish Architectural Fringe as part of a New Typologies exhibition in which architects are imagining "how our shared civic infrastructure will exist in the future, if at all", is currently on display in Glasgow.

By "re-grouping various civic functions into one visually symbolic composition of architectural forms," references and types of ornament and allusions have been configured "depending on the metropolitan area within which it is situated in and embodies." In short, Furman states, the Democratic Monument "is an expression of urban pride, chromatic joy, and architectural complexity" which has universal symbolism but remains a beacon to its vicinity.

© Adam Nathaniel Furman © Adam Nathaniel Furman © Adam Nathaniel Furman © Adam Nathaniel Furman + 20

Eden Locke Edinburgh / Grzywinski+Pons

03:00 - 22 June, 2017
Eden Locke Edinburgh / Grzywinski+Pons, © Nicholas Worley
© Nicholas Worley

© Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley + 46

Adjaye, BIG, Sou Fujimoto and 4 Other Teams Reveal Proposals for Edinburgh's Ross Pavilion

14:15 - 20 June, 2017

Detailed visions of the concept designs from the seven shortlisted teams in the running for the new Ross Pavilion (named for William Henry Ross, the former chairman of the Distillers Company) have been released. Following the announcement of the competition earlier this year—in which the likes of Adjaye Associates, Bjarke Ingels Group, Sou Fujimoto Architects and Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter were placed in the running alongside local practices, such as Page\Park—the sensitivity and level of restraint behind the majority of the proposals demonstrates the public and national significance of the site, which sits at the heart of the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) with JM Architects, WSP Parsons Brinckerho , GROSS.MAX., Charcoalblue, Speirs + Major, JLL, Alan Baxter and People Friendly. Image © Malcolm Reading Consultants / Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Adjaye Associates with Morgan McDonnell, BuroHappold Engineering, Plan A Consultants, JLL, Turley, Arup, Sandy Brown, Charcoalblue, AOC Archaeology, Studio LR, FMDC, Interserve and Thomas & Adamson. Image © Malcolm Reading Consultants / Adjaye Associates Page \ Park Architects, West 8 Landscape Architects and BuroHappold Engineering with Charcoalblue and Muir Smith Evans. Image © Malcolm Reading Consultants / Page \ Park Architects Flanagan Lawrence with Gillespies, Expedition Engineering, JLL, Arup and Alan Baxter. Image © Malcolm Reading Consultants / Flanagan Lawrence + 30

New Drone Footage Shows Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee Marching Toward Completion

16:30 - 8 June, 2017

The V&A Museum of Design Dundee has released new drone footage as the Kengo Kuma-designed project races toward its 2018 opening. At this stage, huge cast stone panels, weighing between 1.5 and 2.5 tonnes each, are being fixed in place on the curving exterior walls. Once complete, a total of 2,466 panels will wrap around the museum’s facade, the design of which has been inspired by the natural seaside terrain of Scotland’s northeastern coast.

Watch the Construction of Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee in This New Video

16:10 - 24 February, 2017

Construction on Kengo Kuma’s V&A Museum Dundee is well underway, with the structure’s inclined concrete walls already beginning to take shape. This new video produced by the V&A Museum shows the latest progress of the building, with commentary from several figures working on the project, including Kuma himself.

Watch the Construction of Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee in This New Video © Ross Fraser McLean - Studio RoRo © V&A Dundee/Kengo Kuma Associates © V&A Dundee/Kengo Kuma Associates + 4

Open Call: Architecture Fringe 2017

15:59 - 20 February, 2017
Open Call: Architecture Fringe 2017, Architecture Fringe 2017 Open Call Credit: Architecture Fringe
Architecture Fringe 2017 Open Call Credit: Architecture Fringe

The Architecture Fringe 2017 is open for project proposals to take place in Scotland during July 2017.

Initiated by a group of architects, photographers, engineers, landscape architects, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent, contributor-led open platform for new work and projects across the arts which explore architecture and how it makes a difference to our lives.

MVRDV + Austin-Smith:Lord Selected to Reinvigorate Downtown Glasgow

12:15 - 20 February, 2017
MVRDV + Austin-Smith:Lord Selected to Reinvigorate Downtown Glasgow, (Y)our City Center Map. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
(Y)our City Center Map. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

The Glasgow City Council has selected a multidisciplinary team lead by MVRDV and Glasgow-based Austin-Smith:Lord to transform downtown Glasgow into a “more livable, attractive, competitive and sustainable center.” Titled (Y)our City Center, the strategy calls for a regeneration of the 400 hectare city center that would reorganize circulation and infrastructure while providing new residential options to support Scotland’s economic center.

(Y)our Vibrant Broomielaw. Image Courtesy of MVRDV (Y)our River Park Projects. Image Courtesy of MVRDV (Y)our Great Streets and Spaces. Image Courtesy of MVRDV (Y)our Great Buildings. Image Courtesy of MVRDV + 7

Ross Pavilion International Design Competition Launches for Emblematic Edinburgh Site

21:00 - 8 February, 2017
Ross Pavilion International Design Competition Launches for Emblematic Edinburgh Site

The Ross Development Trust in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council and Malcolm Reading Consultants has launched a global search for an outstanding team of architects, landscape designers, engineers and other specialists for the new circa £25m Ross Pavilion and Gardens project in the heart of Edinburgh.

The Ross Pavilion International Design Competition will award the commission to regenerate and renew an emblematic site at the heart of West Princes Street Gardens, which is presently occupied by the Ross Bandstand.

Full-Scale Prototype to be Erected as Part of Glasgow School of Art Restoration Project

10:15 - 6 February, 2017
Full-Scale Prototype to be Erected as Part of Glasgow School of Art Restoration Project, Vizualisation of the library. Image Courtesy of Page\Park
Vizualisation of the library. Image Courtesy of Page\Park

A little over two years since a fire devastated parts of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art, which was deemed to have been caused by fumes from a can of spray foam entering a projector fan, appointed architects Page\Park are making headway in their restoration of the building's iconic library. As part of the project, and alongside Edinburgh-based joinery firm Laurence McIntosh, the practice will create a full-scale prototype of one of the library bays in order to "test the materials and techniques used to construct the original library."

Adjaye, Chipperfield Among 6 Shortlisted in Competition for Edinburgh Concert Hall

12:00 - 1 February, 2017
Adjaye, Chipperfield Among 6 Shortlisted in Competition for Edinburgh Concert Hall, The new building will be located behind the existing Royal Bank of Scotland / Dundas House, a category A listed building built in the 18th century. Image © Flickr user kaysgeog. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
The new building will be located behind the existing Royal Bank of Scotland / Dundas House, a category A listed building built in the 18th century. Image © Flickr user kaysgeog. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust Scotland (IMPACT Scotland) has announced a shortlist of 6 teams in the running to design a new concert hall and arts center in the heart of the Edinburgh New Town World Heritage Site. The building, estimated to cost up to £45 million ($57 million USD), will house a 1,000 seat auditorium that will become the new home of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

From 69 expressions of interest in the competition, six teams have been selected by IMPACT Scotland’s judging panel as finalists for the commission. The firms are as follows (in alphabetical order):