Mecanoo detail Perth City Hall museum transformation
November 27 2018
A long-awaited planning application has been filed by Mecanoo outlining their proposed transformation of Perth City Hall after the Dutch practice was selected by Perth & Kinross Council to bring forward ideas for the buildings reuse.
This will see the B-listed hall adapted to form a flexible museum, exhibition space and café to help meet the city’s cultural aspirations
Internally this will see a three-storey pavilion form the primary focus for the revamped hall formed from ‘tall panels finished with a woven bronze colour material contained within a glass panel.’ This materiality extends to new interventions to the exterior with bronze coloured panels accentuating entrances and windows.
North and south entrances will be connected via a ‘vennel’ lined by perforated steel panelled walls. Extending directly to the main hall it is intended to act as an extension of surrounding public realm.
In a statement Mecanoo wrote: “The entrances will require the existing doorways in the stone external wall to be expanded and a new structure introduced. A metal clad surround will shelter
and announce the entrances.
“The vennel leads to the centre of the hall where visitors will enter in the centre of the space under the vaulted ceiling and in front of the new pavilion. The first-floor gallery sweeps round the space encouraging people to explore the upper levels.”
Austin Smith Lord's proposals were the best of the bunch anyway from memory.
If you take a look at St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile you will see how DDA access through the raised front door can be achieved in a sensitive an considered manner.
On this occasion it just looks to me as though a side entrance worked better with the architects concept for the interior, so the concept has driven the solution at the expense of the integrity of the original architecture. This is a serious failing.
I would send it back to the drawing board, or rerun the competition.
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