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Aberdeen Art Gallery reigns supreme at GIA Awards

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December 1 2020

Aberdeen Art Gallery reigns supreme at GIA Awards

The Glasgow Institute of Architects have recognised eight projects which have shaped the built environment for the better in their 2020 awards programme.

Leading the way is the £34.6m extension and refurbishment of Aberdeen Art Gallery by Hoskins Architects which was handed a best in show Supreme Award and also topped the leisure and arts category.

This year's virtual event was decided by guest judges John McElgunn of Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners and Thom Brisco of Alder Brisco Architects. McElgunn said of the overall winner: “The Aberdeen Art Gallery refurbishment and extension has been conceived and executed in a highly skilful way that showcases the original building whilst subtly playing with less successful subsequent additions to create clarity and urban engagement.

"The new building shows boldness and precision embracing the War memorial and Cowdray Hall for the first time. The rooftop addition is both sensitive and challenging making a grand civic statement. This architectural response has delivered an outstanding project whose sum is greater than the collection of its parts.”

Brisco added: “The rooftop’s coppered galleries have at last established the building’s proportionate presence on the city skyline whilst a softening reformation of its entrance façade looks ready to welcome both returning visitors and wavering newcomers alike."

In all 8 commendations and 13 awards were dished out at the ceremony.

Main image by Dapple Photography

Conservation Award: The Watt Institution by Collective Architecture, photograph by James Sinclair
Conservation Award: The Watt Institution by Collective Architecture, photograph by James Sinclair
Healthcare Award: Woodside Health and Care Centre by Page \ Park Architects, image by Keith Hunter
Healthcare Award: Woodside Health and Care Centre by Page \ Park Architects, image by Keith Hunter

Residential (single dwelling) Award: ER residence by McGinlay Bell, photograph by Jack Hobhouse
Residential (single dwelling) Award: ER residence by McGinlay Bell, photograph by Jack Hobhouse
Small Works (under £250,000) Award: Kyles View House by Technique Architecture and Design and Stallan-Brand, image by Dapple Photography
Small Works (under £250,000) Award: Kyles View House by Technique Architecture and Design and Stallan-Brand, image by Dapple Photography

Small Works (under £250,000) Award: Taigh-Bainne by BARD, photograph by Alex James
Small Works (under £250,000) Award: Taigh-Bainne by BARD, photograph by Alex James
Sustainability Award: Gannochy Trust Lifetime Neighbourhood by Anderson Bell Christie Architects, photograph by Keith Hunter
Sustainability Award: Gannochy Trust Lifetime Neighbourhood by Anderson Bell Christie Architects, photograph by Keith Hunter

‘Wood for Good’ Award: Sandbank, Iona by Mary Arnold-Forster Architects, photograph by David Barbour
‘Wood for Good’ Award: Sandbank, Iona by Mary Arnold-Forster Architects, photograph by David Barbour

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