The projects presented are solutions to two very different architectural problems. During our first semester we undertook a conversion project and transformed an old undervalued art deco sports pavilion into an art gallery. In contrast, our second semester project was a new-build architecture school which was to be located in a vivid site within the Aberdeen University Campus.
The architectural response to both of the projects was inspired by their locations. Kings Pavilion has always had a disconnected relationship to its surrounding and the aim of the design was to focus the circulation around the building towards the buildings unique east façade. The Aberdeen Architecture Institute was strongly influenced by adjacent library designed by Smith Hammer Lassen Architects and a connection between the two buildings was created. The site conditions were considered as guidebooks which were to be followed during the design process.