Granite Web: The Green Heart of the Silver City
The Aberdeen City Garden will fuse nature and culture into a vital social network at the heart of the city. The new City Garden will double the area of the Union Terrace Gardens, connecting the edges of Union Street, Union Terrace, Belmont Street and Rosemount Viaduct. A network of pathways will criss-cross the Garden, linking the cultural destinations and neighbourhoods on all sides to each other. This cat’s cradle of urban lines supports both park and cultural activities within a fabric of the historic and contemporary, conjoining the urbane with the pastoral. Covering the Denburn Valley dual carriage way and railway,
While the garden is also home to significant indoor and outdoor new cultural facilities – the Butterfly and the Forum – these structures are designed integrally within the surface of the park. The gently undulating green roofs flow seamlessly into the vegetated landscapes that are entirely public open space and the design floods natural light into the Butterfly structure at all levels. In addition, the Garden will be transformed into an exciting year round destination with cultural facilities and seasonal planting bringing life to the city centre even in winter. This merger of landscape and architecture springs naturally from the unique, three-dimensional topography of Aberdeen.
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