Aberdeen, Scotland’s most northerly city is facing a choice about its future, with oil proceeds rapidly declining, it must find an alternative future if it is to continue to economically survive. In a progressive move the focus of attention has turned to Aberdeen Gardens, an underdeveloped green space slap bang in the centre of the city.
The hope is that besides providing a vital resource for the city’s population, it can provide a signpost to the potential of the city, via tourism and business investment for years to come. A further development was the inclusion of a cultural centre. The project inspired the Aberdeen Garden City Contest, run by Malcolm Reading Architects, there was a split decision between semi-finalists Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York) and Foster Partners (London). DS+R’s undulating scheme featuring a ramping system finally won through, providing visitors with various vistas and experiences.
The project now faces a public consultation before being approved, adapted or rejected. To read more about this highly progressive project visit competitions.org.