1/18/2012

Aberdeen City Garden


The designers of New York's adored High Line Park set out create another public urban gem.  This time in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Diller Scofidio + Renfro beat out fierce competition with a compelling design called " Granite Web", featuring beautiful greens, a partially buried performance center, and a cultural arts center, all of which are expected to completely transform the heart of Aberdeen.


Aberdieen is on its way to becoming a vibrant technological and cultural hub, but has no intention on leaving behind its long history or its striking architecture characterized by arches, vaults, balustrades, and statues.  The Aberdeen City Garden will fuse Nature and Culture into a vital social network at the heart of the city.  Rejecting the classical model of the cultural building isolated on the green, the Garden extends the surrounding urban fabric as an elastic web of 3-dimensional interconnections across its site.


The warp and weft of urban lines support both park and cultural activities within a resilient fabric of of layered programs, conjoining history with the contemporary and the urbane with the pastoral.  Stretching across he historic river site, this parkland web is permeable, revealing a multi-tiered archeology while connecting to the city's emergent future as a technological hub for art, performance, leisure and commerce.