Landscape architects OLIN have won a competition to transform Aberdeen’s city centre into a garden and cultural and arts centre

Proposed design for Aberdeen City Garden. Image credit: Copyright Diller Scofidio
Proposed design for Aberdeen City Garden. Image credit: Copyright Diller Scofidio

The winning concept ‘Granite Web’ is a collaboration between OLIN, architects Diller + Renfro and KeppieDesign. With 15-acres of space to transform, OLIN see the space as becoming the green heart of the city and a vital part of it’s rejuvenation.

OLIN partner Richard Newton said he was “truly honoured” to be a part of the team. He went on to describe the new space to be “accessible” and able to “seamlessly integrate the history of the city and provide unique opportunities for residents to engage and learn”.

One of the main features of the design is the connection of the landscape to the city through a web of paths. This path will guide visitors easily through the gardens, which will exhibit plants from across the world. The environment itself will imitate the landscape and ecology of north-eastern Scotlandm, while it is intended that buildings and landscapes work together to create microclimates that will act as a buffer to protect the garden and its visitors from any abrasive local weather.

The design incorporates a new landmark cultural and arts centre promoting the city’s most historic streets. According to Malcolm Reading Consultants, the group that managed the competition, retaining the “arches, vaults and bridge on Union Street” as well as “the balustrades and statues” are an important part of preserving Aberdeen’s legacy.

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