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More student housing on the cards for Aberdeen

February 19 2015

More student housing on the cards for Aberdeen
Halliday Fraser Munro Consultants with Keith Edwards Architect have tendered plans on behalf of the Jalsico Group to erect a student housing development at Rosemount Place, Aberdeen.

Situated within the Rosemount and Westburn conservation area the development will replace an empty single storey parade of shops with a new food shop and student dorms above.

In a design statement the HFM observed: “The frontage of the new build was designed to integrate with the local tenement structures in height, scale and massing with the floor to ceiling windows emulating the tall window style of the tenement set above each other giving the vertical nature to the designs.

“The corner detail is simple but notes its position with a pedimented facade at roof level which stands out from the roof and sets its place on the streetscape. The Dutch-barn roof style was retained for setting and carries round the frontage from Rosemount Street to View Terrace which includes lead finished dormers to top floor.”

The property will be faced in granite with render to the rear.
The new property responds to the tenemental scale of the neighbourhood
The new property responds to the tenemental scale of the neighbourhood


#1 Posted by james on 19 Feb 2015 at 13:27 PM
'The corner detail is simple' - ?
- anything but. Looks more like a tower to me than a detail.
'but notes its position' - ?
- really? The inanimate has consciousness?
'with a pedimented facade at roof level' - ?
- where's the pediment?
which stands out from the roof -?
- it's not only conscious but has mobility too.
and sets its place on the streetscape. - ?
- you mean like setting a table?
The Dutch-barn roof style - ?????? WTF??????
- last time i was at school, or on a farm and looked, a dutch barn roof was an arc. This looks suspiciuosly like a Mansard to me. Maybe it'll quack.
'was retained for setting' - ?
Just as well, i'd have missed it, if it wisny ther.
'and carries round the frontage' - ?
Brilliant. Who writes this? Who's HFM? A twelve-year old? Wot a larf.
#2 Posted by FHM on 19 Feb 2015 at 13:59 PM
How could Aberdeen be even considered for the Carbuncle award following yet another excellent, sensitive piece of Architecture? This is fantastic. I love that our city will be permeated by unique render and zinc clad buildings, designed to perfection with the improvement of the urban fabric in mind. This is brilliant.

God Bless Aberdeen, The Oil Capital Of Europe!

PS: I think Aberdeen should win some form of world architecture award - who is with me?
#3 Posted by Egbert on 19 Feb 2015 at 14:56 PM
It actually looks ok in the view looking uphill but what the hell is going on with that corner feature? 1986-tastic.
#4 Posted by monkey9000 on 19 Feb 2015 at 15:00 PM
It's hard to work out from the article but is this a re-clad job? Was the building Po-Mo before?
Jemima Puddleduck
#5 Posted by Jemima Puddleduck on 19 Feb 2015 at 15:02 PM
It's playschool!! Oh no, sorry, it's a corner 'feature' window.
#6 Posted by james on 20 Feb 2015 at 08:53 AM
On a positive note - Dear HFM, Here's a clue - it's really quite simple. Get rid of the symmetrical corner window and that incongruous 80's po-mo nonsense. That's all. Why is it symmetrical in the first place, if Rosemount Pl. is a commercial thoroughfare and the side street is a one-way suburban access street? Here's your last clue - asymmetry as a composition approach is your answer. I'll post the invoice.
#7 Posted by Jack on 20 Feb 2015 at 15:15 PM
another masterpiece by HFM. Is there a half-decent architect in Aberdeen that can save us? Hang on, maybe there are some decent architects elsewhere...

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