Ambitious Dundee waterfront masterplan steps up a notch
February 24 2017mixed use masterplan at Dundee Waterfront, delivering a grade A office building, a hotel and homes off Riverside Esplanade.
Overlooking the under construction V&A Dundee the complex has been conceived as a ‘bold landmark’ to both establish an identity for the waterfront and assist with wayfinding to and from the city centre.
As such active ground floor uses are being pursued with elevations considered as a series of ‘wall planes’ which ‘adopt a restrained, timeless yet contemporary architectural approach and thereby provide a new sense of scale, order and rigour in this specific urban context.’
In their design statement the architects said: “It is important that the design creates individual character buildings whilst using the same architectural language to ensure that as a whole, the urban block reads as one. This is achieved by using similar material palettes and tones, whilst maintaining scale and proportions. It is important, however, that each building has its own identity reflecting its varying uses and function.”
Finished in masonry cladding and glazed curtain walling each individual element will sit above transparent shop fronts with two residential blocks designed to with their commercial neighbours in terms of materials and massing.
The proposals follow on from publication of planning and design guidelines for the waterfront area in 2015.
The vacant site is bounded by Riverside Esplanade, Earl Grey Place West, South Crichton Street and South Union Street