David Chipperfield Architects has won the contest to design a £45 million home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh, beating David Adjaye Associate and Richard Murphy Architects
Also in the running were Toronto-based KPMB Architects, Swiss outfit Barozzi Veiga and Allies and Morrison.
The judges described Chipperfield’s scheme as ‘intriguing’ and ’well-expressed’.
The project, backed by the International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust (IMPACT Scotland), will create a 1,000-capacity concert hall for the orchestra and for the Edinburgh International Festival, held across several local venues every summer.
The building, planned to complete in 2020, will be constructed on a gap site off St Andrew Square in Edinburgh New Town, behind the head office of the Royal Bank of Scotland (pictured below). The development will also include rehearsal, recital and recording spaces.
IMPACT Scotland’s chair, Ewan Brown said: ‘The jury … concluded that David Chipperfield Architects is a highly skilled team led by a strong and confident architect. Their approach to designing the interior of the new venue was intriguing, well-expressed and demonstrated a desire to create spaces that would welcome visitors and performers alike.
‘In addition, the team showed sensitivity to the design challenges that would be faced in creating a venue with exceptional, world-class acoustics.’
Gavin Reid, chief executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a trustee of IMPACT Scotland, added: ‘David Chipperfield Architects demonstrated a real understanding of the requirements of a 21st-century cultural centre and how to merge it sensitively with the existing environment.’
The two-stage contest, organised by Colander Associates, received 69 entries, with each of the six finalists receiving £10,000 to draw up their designs.
St Andrews Square, Edinburgh
Source: Image by Thunderwing
The full shortlist
- Adjaye Associates (London) with Sandy Brown, Buro Happold and DHA Designs
- Allies and Morrison (London) with Charcoalblue, Speirs & Major, Harrison Stevens and Buro Happold
- Barozzi Veiga (Switzerland) with Alan Baxter, Max Fordham, KahleAcoustics, 3DReid and Ian White Associates
- David Chipperfield Architects (London) with Arup, Whitby Mohajer Engineers, GROSS MAX and Theatre Projects
- KPMB Architects (Toronto) with Simpson & Brown Architects, David Narro Associates, Arup, Sound Space Vision, rankinfraser landscape architecture and Transsolar Energietechnik
- Richard Murphy Architects (Edinburgh) with Arup, Graven Images, GROSS MAX and Montagu Evans