King's Pavilion Art Gallery / Aberdeen Architecture Institute © Janis Vilcins

King's Pavilion Art Gallery / Aberdeen Architecture Institute

Janis Vilcins

Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment

Project Description

King’s Pavilion Art Gallery is a conversion of a 1940’s Swimming Pool into an art gallery. The main concept was to firstly identify the main existing qualities and combine them with new additions. The new additions are clearly new and accommodate the needs of an art gallery (circulation, light, etc.); these are combined with the expressed existing qualities and the tension between the two create gallery spaces for different needs.

Aberdeen Architecture Institute aims to express and encourage the student interaction and their work. Building itself had to be timber structure and it is a clear, modular, flexible frame. It’s simplicity makes it seem secondary comparing to the what is being created and displayed in the building. Interior is all about the infill of the frame which becomes display shelving, sliding doors and small interior windows. The idea of different transparency levels is continued in facade treatment.