Tasked with the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ redevelopment of the historic Aberdeen Art Gallery, Hoskins Architects have created a triumph in architectural vision, winning the gallery a number of prestigious awards including Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020, the world’s largest museum prize.
Old & new
The original neo-classical building was designed by Alexander Marshall Mackenzie and opened in 1885, before being extended in the 20th century. Unfortunately, decades of ad-hoc alterations had taken their toll, and Hoskins Architects were brought in to add new spaces and improve flow throughout the building. Their strategy was one of ‘careful repair’ – such as selective demolition to open up visitor spaces and make way for new facilities – and ‘confident addition’. Most dramatic of these additions was the replacement of the old, dilapidated roof with a striking new copper-clad element built onto the existing granite walls, adding a new storey of modern visitor space with stunning views of the city.
A contemporary twist
High quality materials were specified throughout the project, and Russwood flooring complemented the historic nature of the renewed gallery whilst working with the new underfloor heating. The original spaces feature our European Oak flooring for a classic finish that lets the art do the talking, whilst the oversized square-edged boards of Russwood Grande Parquet offer a contemporary twist, especially when laid in short boards in the new rooftop café.