Konishi Gaffney Architects (KGA) has won a competition for a pop-up representing Edinburgh at this summer’s Cities Expo on The Mound
The Leith-based practice defeated an unnamed shortlist of competing firms to win the prestigious contest organised by the Edinburgh Architectural Association for City of Edinburgh Council.
The temporary pop-up will be installed next month on The Mound outside the Royal Scottish Academy as part of the Cities Expo which is one of the main events of the RIAS 2016 Festival of Architecture.
Masterplanned by Glasgow-based Collective Architecture, the open-air exhibition will feature up to 20 cities showcasing ground breaking architecture by emerging architects from around the world.
KGA’s winning timber scheme – engineered by TALL and fabricated by local artist Johannes Sailer – aims to celebrate the Scottish capital’s UNESCO World Heritage status and inspire future generations of architects to come.
Planning Committee convener Ian Perry said: ‘We are immensely proud of our World Heritage Status and this competition is a great example of how we can continue to raise our game and inspire local architects of the future. I would like to congratulate Konishi Gaffney on their well-deserved win as they are a shining example of the quality of architects we have in the city.’
Describing the scheme, practice co-founder Kieran Gaffney said: ‘Our idea is based on a folded origami form developed from thinking about the brief for a pop-up pavilion. The form is made from two pyramids laid back to back with three openings pulled out: one for the door, one for a fixed window and one for an opening window for ventilation.’
He continued: ‘The proposal is innovative in its design and minimised the use of materials. Using locally sourced timber means a small carbon footprint and the pavilion is intended for re-use at other events and functions.
‘The proposal has an interesting, decorative structure and the simple form is materially and structurally efficient. We think the construction system should be quick and easy to install.’
Earlier this year, inspectors advising UNESCO on world heritage sites raised concerns over ‘unsympathetic’ developments in the city – including the St James Quarter by Allan Murray Architects.
Full details of the other cities and architects participating in the expo – which runs from 17 June to 17 July – will be announced later this month.