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Dundee’s Murraygate to welcome new infill retail

July 15 2015

Dundee’s Murraygate to welcome new infill retail
Plans have emerged for the reconstruction of fire damaged retail premises on Dundee’s Murraygate, within the city's Central Conservation Area, including a rear extension to one of the area’s few remaining wynd’s.

Designed by 3DReid Architects on behalf of The Northumberland Estates the scheme will be clad in thin faced stone panels, with recessed fritted and clear glazing and structural steel  beams the scheme aims to replicate the classical proportions of neighbouring properties in a contemporary manner.

In a design statement the architects noted: “As the detailed investigation of architectural form and detail progressed it became apparent that a relatively consistent proportion could be obtained from the windows, the intervals between them and from the overall built form. Not unexpectedly, this fell into the classical golden section of 1 over root 2, approximately a diagonal of 58 degrees. This was employed as the means of ordering the elevation in both the whole and in its parts.”

The rebuilt property will stretch to three storeys and basement offering 12,200sq/ft of space.


Big Chantelle
#1 Posted by Big Chantelle on 15 Jul 2015 at 20:28 PM
The Xmas shop which was burned down was of a different architecture -- it was traditional with white painted stone and a slate pitched roof. Traditional. This replacement is everything that's wrong with architecture today.

So tell me lefties and concrete modernists -- why is this replacement architecturally different to its predeccessor? Why not rebuild the old building but with superior fire resistant technology incorporated into its design since the building is in a conservation area? Why is this particular 'style' being chosen? Why is no attempt at making it aesthetically match its neighbours being pursued? Why? Oh, it's pastiche to have a building -- perfectly fit for the 21st century however-- with ornamental trappings and an aesthetic that isn't some dumbed down soulless creation mustered up by architects ideologically opposed to anything remotely beautiful.

#2 Posted by Dundee on 16 Jul 2015 at 00:49 AM
#3 Posted by Amused on 16 Jul 2015 at 09:21 AM
Dundee - funniest comment on UR so far!
#4 Posted by David on 16 Jul 2015 at 09:33 AM
Some better images might help form opinions.

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