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Miniature house to entice RGU campus users outdoors

June 7 2022

Miniature house to entice RGU campus users outdoors

Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University (RGU) is augmenting its Garthdee Campus with the erection of a permanent folly in the form of a miniature house.

George Watt + Stewart Architects propose to set the small home in a new concrete base within the grounds of the Scott Sutherland School for Architecture & the Built Environment to encourage interaction with the landscape.

In a supporting statement the university wrote: "RGU are looking to improve their campus by encouraging students, staff and the public to further explore beyond the buildings by promoting walking activity with destination points.

"The location selected for relocation is set to be visible from the buildings to encourage interaction and to be a focal point, but it is noted the folly is not a building and does not provide accommodation."

'House in the Woods' is an existing art installation and had been positioned in the quadrangle at Marischal College but is currently languishing in storage. 


Steve Jobs
#1 Posted by Steve Jobs on 7 Jun 2022 at 16:12 PM
Deary me! Quick google of the meaning of the word ‘folly’ throws up two meanings. A lack of good sense; foolishness……… or a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock-Gothic ruin built in a large garden or park. Which is it I wonder? Hopefully the students don’t meander too far after one too many vino’s, there’s a 20 foot drop just beyond the wee folly!
#2 Posted by modernish on 8 Jun 2022 at 09:43 AM
One persons 'languishing in storage' is another persons 'best place for it'.
Andscape Larchitect
#3 Posted by Andscape Larchitect on 8 Jun 2022 at 12:21 PM
Nothing screams 'interaction with the landscape' more than a bright pink wendy hoose randomly plopped next to some trees.
Nairn's Bairn
#4 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 8 Jun 2022 at 12:48 PM
They should have got The Wee House Company to do it.
outraged individual
#5 Posted by outraged individual on 8 Jun 2022 at 18:12 PM
more wendy house the folly
#6 Posted by MV on 9 Jun 2022 at 15:31 PM
I don't get it.

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