Aberdeen care centre builds homely presence
October 15 2018
Charlie House are championing plans for a palliative care centre in Aberdeen dedicated to supporting children with disabilities across the north east.
The charitable care provider has commissioned Cumming & Co with Optimised Environments to design a purpose-built facility that includes functional spaces for children and their families within a homely, inspiring and welcoming environment.
Earmarked for an undeveloped plot within the grounds of Woodend Hospital the development will employ brick to pick up on the heaviness of surrounding granite buildings.
In a statement Cumming & Co wrote: “This design attempts to fuse together ideas of building a domestic home with public presence without negative institutional associations.
“Modest mass of brick has domestic approachable scale with flashes of civic importance such as the entrance tower where the building will have a unique character to distinguish it from surrounding buildings.”
Taking the form of two wings connected by a central tower the care centre will be finished in Western Red Cedar cladding, zinc, grey brick and metal mesh.
It looks miserable and almost menacing with the unrelenting swathes of hard, grey finishes …of which there are just too many.
I would have thought such a building should promote more joy, compassion and stimulation…but what do I know.
Ah, an AT designed this.
Plus the material pallete has all the longevity of Black Ash and Russet Brown.
I fear that the humble Nissan hut will age more gracefully.
An AT may indeed have worked on the projects and prepared the drawings, but Cumming & Co are an RIAS registered architects practice. So don't blame the AT, there are architects behind this.
And besides, are you seriously saying 'architect good, AT bad' ? - have you seen some of the architect-produced excrement on UR? You'll probably find the AT tried his best to dial down the horror when preparing the Revit images.
Ah, an architect designed this. And they should be ashamed of themselves for excreting these random drab slabs.
Ahem....What is the criteria for becoming an RIAS Registered practice?
Do you need a registered architect running it?
Once again the folk of Aberdeen/shire are short changed by the incapacity of too many local firms to produce humane designs, an inability in clients to see what’s being proposed and demand better, and a planning system that keeps accepting this dross...
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