Diller Scofidio + Renfro beat out fierce competition to apply the same urban revitalization savvy to Aberdeen, Scotland as they did to New York’s cherished High Line park. DS+ R went up against Foster + Partners to clinch the final win, which the designers told our friends over at WAN only encouraged them to work harder for a more compelling design. They and the residents of Aberdeen will definitely be rewarded for their efforts. When complete, the “Granite Web” will feature a gorgeous new green park, a partially buried performance center, and a cultural arts center, all of which are expected to completely transform the heart of this historic city.
Aberdeen is on its way to becoming a vibrant technological and cultural hub, but has no intention of leaving behind its long history or its striking architecture characterized by arches, vaults, balustrades, and statues. That’s what is so compelling about DS+R’s design – all of these aspects of the city are upheld at the same time as they are transformed into an exciting new gathering spot for culture and nature lovers. The new park will emphasize connectivity between people and nature and between nature and the emergent bustle of Aberdeen’s urban fabric. If it’s anything like their High Line design, it’s going to be awesome!