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'Invisible Landscape' wins Hamilton Mausoleum design competition

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November 3 2020

'Invisible Landscape' wins Hamilton Mausoleum design competition

The Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) has selected three winners in a design competition to reimagine Hamilton Mausoleum.

John Kennedy secured first place for 'The Invisible Landscape', a bid to re-establish the landscape around the monument in a more formalised manner, repurposing the Keeper's Lodge and introducing new connections with the Low Parks masterplan.

Ross Lambie of the Hamilton Mausoleum Trust observed: “The winning proposal by John Kennedy set out a robust and adaptable masterplan for the wider site, breaking the hinterland up into defined zones, each taking advantage of an existing underutilised attribute. The Trust congratulates John for his winning entry: it certainly has given us delicious food for thought on the future of the Mausoleum and Keepers Lodge.”

Judi Keith-Brown, president of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, added: “John Kennedy’s scheme taught me a lot about the history of the site, especially around the great north avenue. The reinstatement of this, combining the manmade with the bio-diversity of the site including the wetlands makes for a very beautiful and achievable scheme.”

A second-place award was handed to Graeme Nicholls Architects with Ryan Wilson for 'Form Follows Fiction'; a storytelling centre, archive and writers retreat with Ciaran Magee earning the third spot.

An honourable mention was given to Harriet Ridout for 'Living Waters'.

Harriet Ridout earned an honourable mention for this fanciful diving tank idea
Harriet Ridout earned an honourable mention for this fanciful diving tank idea
Second place was awarded to Graeme Nicholls Architects and Ryan Wilson for this storytelling centre
Second place was awarded to Graeme Nicholls Architects and Ryan Wilson for this storytelling centre

7 Comments

RJB
#1 Posted by RJB on 4 Nov 2020 at 13:04 PM
I like the diving tank idea, it could put the masonry sealants to the test!
Chris Stewart
#2 Posted by Chris Stewart on 4 Nov 2020 at 15:04 PM
Well done John Kennedy, Graeme Nicholls / Ryan Wilson and Harriet Ridout, it is a pleasure to see drawings like these.
Whispering Andy
#3 Posted by Whispering Andy on 5 Nov 2020 at 14:14 PM
Whisper it.....but a great effort by all the students! The winning entry is a well thought out and deliverable plan - great work John.

Harriet's proposal is utterly fabulous in it's wackiness. I really enjoyed the imagination, but fear that the real world of architecture and Harriet's flamboyance may struggle to co-exist.

Top work by all.
Shouting Andrea
#4 Posted by Shouting Andrea on 5 Nov 2020 at 14:48 PM
Stay wacky Harriet, the real world of architecture needs you and your flamboyance. (as demonstrated by most of the greige boxes featured on this website)
Neil
#5 Posted by Neil on 5 Nov 2020 at 17:29 PM
no5 - Its an imaginative and fun/provocative idea, no need to be a patronising kill joy, sweetie.
Chris Rankin
#6 Posted by Chris Rankin on 5 Nov 2020 at 19:42 PM
Well done John, Graeme and all prize winners
John Glenday
#7 Posted by John Glenday on 6 Nov 2020 at 16:57 PM
@Neil - Yes can we please not lower ourselves to patronising language and focus on the quality of the winning work. The range of approaches from architecture, to landscape and the fantastical is to be commended.

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