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Massie walks away from Kolkata project

Graeme Massie Architects has pulled out of designing a temporary Scottish pavilion for the Kolkata Book Fair in India

It is understood the Edinburgh-based firm had become frustrated by a number of ‘significant changes’ to the practice’s original competition-winning design – a commission won in an open contest organised by the British Council and Scotland’s architecture centre, The Lighthouse.

It appears a series of alterations to the proposed 400m², triple-height wooden pavilion emerged shortly after the appointment of ‘locally based executive architects’.

A redesigned structure, due to open at the end of February, will now be built to plans drawn up by the Indian architects.

Graeme Massie said: ‘We are naturally disappointed to no longer be involved with the project, and that there will no longer be a Scottish design presence at the Book Fair, however we wish the British Council well with their ambitious Scotland-Kolkata Connections programme.’

Once complete, the new pavilion is expected to attract 50,000 visitors a day and will showcase a series of presentations from Scottish institutions, including the Scotland-Kolkata Connections exhibition curated by Henri Lidchi of National Museums Scotland.

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