7 Concept Designs for Ross Pavilion
The seven concept designs are on display in a free exhibition at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre, from 21 June – 30 July 2017. Those visiting can share their views on the project via a survey at the exhibition, though anybody else can do the same by emailing the competition organizers.
The concept designs of the seven shortlisted teams are below, in alphabetical order by the main designer.
Adjaye Associates’ staid proposal "honors the legacy and architectural language of the original bandstand that was once the beating heart of the Gardens in the late 19th century, reinterpreting its function and iconography within the contemporary context." The firm calls it "a garden temple" and "a pleasure pavilion conceived as a sculptural intervention." Behind the pavilion is a system of stone-clad spaces that are "discreetly embedded into the landscape."
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
BIG describes their concept as "sculpted by its context: its gently undulating canopy reflects the movement of the terrain below and the light of the sky above." Formally, the slender canopy on stilts recalls the work of SANAA, though here it is a means of opening up views of the landscape and of the castle above.
London's Flanagan Lawrence is proposing a design that undualates with the landscape to "form a topographical and visual division between the Old and New Towns" and creating "a place for people to gather and appreciate the thrilling topography of the city."
Page \ Park Architects
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Scotland's Page \ Park proposes leaving the Princess Street Gardens alone and following the "Classical garden tradition [in which] there is a typology of a grotto fed by springs for assembly, marriage, song and dance – the Nymphaeum." Their "grotto" pavilion is "lined in pillars of decorated stone echoing the 'modern henge' Royal Scots memorial and surmounted with a golden copper roof in the spirit of the 'Ross Fountain'."
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Reiulf Ramstad's "simple but bold design" is meant to serve as "a public asset that can not only perform as a modern performance venue, but a visitor experience that explores the varied landscapes and histories of the Gardens and the terrains of Scotland beyond."
The sizable team led by California's wHY found inspiration in the word "pavilion," which means "butterfly" in Old French. "Parsed through the pictogram of a highly-decorated tent," their design "evokes the fluttering canvas and heraldry of a field campaign with a glorious connection between nature and humankind."
William Matthews Associates and Sou Fujimoto Architects
London's William Matthews and Tokyo's Sou Fujimoto propose "a place for people" that was inspired by Celtic spirals, the stone circles of Orkney, and the original bandstand's circular form. Like BIG's circle, "the rings offer new panoramic views of the important heritage sites of the city ... without disturbing the existing axial paths of the Gardens."