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‘Lantern’ landmark to puncture grey Aberdeen skyline with copper

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February 27 2019

‘Lantern’ landmark to puncture grey Aberdeen skyline with copper

Patrizia have unveiled ambitious proposals to transform Aberdeen Market with an eye catching ‘lantern’ tower designed to enhance the city skyline.

Overseen by Halliday Fraser Munro the scheme would include creation of an outdoor market, public square and enlarged Green, achieved by shifting the main frontage east, with 130,000sq/ft of office space and active ground floor uses earmarked for new build elements.

Explaining their ‘contrasting towers’ vision the architects wrote: “In contrast with the rising granite and glass towers, the verticality of the landmark tower is emphasised by expressing the frame at each structural bay and every second floor.

“The frame rises high above the building to create a dramatic beacon, where its heavy steel structure protects a delicate glass box which can be seen around the city, particularly at night.”

Utilising granite at lower levels the slender tower will segue to pre-treated copper for the bulk above, with extensive glazing at higher levels employed to maximise 360-degree views and reduce apparent mass.

The bulk of the block will be finished in a mix of granite and glass panels, taking the appearance of no fewer than eight shorter buildings, each conceived as a distinct element within the plan.

 

A meeting/event space will be housed in the rooftop lantern, connected to office space below via a double-height void
A meeting/event space will be housed in the rooftop lantern, connected to office space below via a double-height void
A new public square and enhanced public realm will better integrate the site with the city centre
A new public square and enhanced public realm will better integrate the site with the city centre

Buildings will step up in height from Market Street towards The Green
Buildings will step up in height from Market Street towards The Green
The tower seeks to enclose The Green and adjacent events space
The tower seeks to enclose The Green and adjacent events space

7 Comments

Shambles
#1 Posted by Shambles on 27 Feb 2019 at 14:23 PM
Halliday Fraser Munro designing dross in Aberdeen... theres something you don't see every day.
Egbert
#2 Posted by Egbert on 27 Feb 2019 at 16:05 PM
Meanwhile in Aberdeen, there is a corner that is forever 2007... oh hi, HFM
Trombe Wall
#3 Posted by Trombe Wall on 27 Feb 2019 at 22:02 PM
Will there be a Caffe Nero in the development?
StyleCouncil
#4 Posted by StyleCouncil on 28 Feb 2019 at 09:40 AM
Floating stone cladding and massive spandrel panels......classy.
Beatbox
#5 Posted by Beatbox on 28 Feb 2019 at 16:07 PM
Usual soulless guff from HFM. Really putting the heart and soul into Aberdeen as usual.
Jack
#6 Posted by Jack on 1 Mar 2019 at 14:00 PM
Marischal Square 2. It seems as if HFM will be filling the whole city centre with this dross
Jonathan
#7 Posted by Jonathan on 9 Mar 2019 at 13:10 PM
Oh chr1st, they aren't being allowed to destroy The Green as well are they?! Urgh...

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