Nicoll Russell Studios were shortlisted for the £20 million redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery via a competitive dialogue process. It was proposed to "turn back the clock" by striping back the later additions to rediscover the Gallery's original Pallazzo style organisation. This resulted in a more permeable ground floor sequence of galleries which embraced the central atrium.
Accepting that little should be done to the exterior and historic fabric we proposed to insert a mezzanine inside the street elevation animating its otherwise blank high level windows as seen from the street. This device permitted the expansion of commercial activities in terms of a new shop, cafe and kitchen to support a restaurant. The gallery was reorganised to integrate the internal war memorial and to add relevance to its presence whilst overhauling office, support, education and the theatre spaces found within the complex.
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