A design competition organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants announces OLIN to be part of the winning design team for the City Garden in Aberdeen, Scotland. The team also includes Diller Scofidio + Renfro and KeppieDesign. The project will transform the center of Aberdeen into a garden and a cultural center; detailed designs are to be announced at a later date. Richard Newton from the OLIN firm says, “Our studio is truly honored to be part of team of such accomplished firms to transform Aberdeen’s City Garden into an accessible public space that seamlessly integrates the history of the city and provides unique opportunities for residents to engage and learn.”
Granite Web, the winning design concept honors the three-dimensional aspects of Aberdeen and reinterprets the topography of the Denburn Valley and the existing Union Terrace Gardens. The new landscape design of the City Garden will the double its present size and will offer a diverse series of gardens with planting palettes that mimic the regional landscape and ecology of Northeast Scotland; other European plants will supplement the design.
The City Garden Project team has been working closely with the Aberdeen City Council and consultants of PWC to develop a strategy for funding the project as part of the wider city centre regeneration scheme.