‘Urban beach’ to bring Dundee Waterfront to life
March 9 2018riverfront masterplan.
Waterfront Place is an area of landscaped public realm planned to sit alongside the V&A design museum and Slessor Gardens, through creation of a new promenade along the River Tay.
Amongst these landscape interventions will be a signature corten sheet steel clad cafe pavilion nestled amongst grassy mounds, intended to reinforce a sense of place while remaining subservient to the V&A itself.
Explaining their approach Optimised Environments wrote: “The building forms are asymmetrical, covered with varied landscape finishes, and open up occasionally to allow entrance within, and views through– cave-like. This oblique reference to a natural cavern is bolstered internally by the proposal for walls, floor and soffit to be exposed concrete, further accentuated by the fact that aspects of wall and soffit are set at raking angles reflective of the landform shape externally.”
This will be joined by an ancillary pavilion finished in hardwood slats to echo a planned boardwalk as well as a row of prominent beach huts clad in bright metal shingles.
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