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Hoskins Architects release Scottish National Gallery fly-through

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November 10 2016

Hoskins Architects release Scottish National Gallery fly-through
The National Galleries of Scotland have given the most deteiled look yet at Hoskins Architects' ambitious plan to transform the Scottish National Gallery by improving connections to Princes Street as well as access and circulation within the current space.

A fly-through video gives an idea of what form new gallery spaces will take, both inside and out, as part of the £16.8m Celebrating Scotland’s Art project to triple floor space at the Edinburgh cultural attraction from 440sq/m to 1,320sq/m.


In a statement the architects wrote: “There will be a suite of new rooms which, for the first time, will be directly accessible from East Princes St Gardens. These will be enhanced by natural light, and will also offer stunning views into the Gardens and the city beyond. Sympathetic landscaping will integrate the Scottish National Gallery with the Gardens, significantly enhancing this important part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. The terrace outside will be substantially expanded and a new pathway created.”

Construction work will get underway next spring and will open to the public in early 2019.

A basement gallery space will be carved out beneath the current space
A basement gallery space will be carved out beneath the current space
The gallery project aims to improve the setting of East Princes Street Gardens
The gallery project aims to improve the setting of East Princes Street Gardens

2 Comments

Ed Theaker
#1 Posted by Ed Theaker on 10 Nov 2016 at 21:35 PM
Please could a water feature be included in the new landscaping to add more life to the gardens? Edinburgh hardly has any fountains.

Terra
#2 Posted by Terra on 13 Nov 2016 at 21:45 PM
Looks promising. Also agree with Ed that we could do with some nice water features, in this case something classical to go with the architecture. But Glasgow, for example, would also benefit from some nice fountains in prominent areas.

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