In the North-East of Scotland, Doric is the natural tongue spoken in many communities. The culture has various forms of cultural works, such as poems, songs, scripture and literature, and ballads. Such works do not currently have one location they are stored – they do not have a home. The spoken word is a fundamental part of Doric culture and to allow for society to appreciate the culture, it must be showcased. Therefore, a need for a Doric Cultural Centre is prevalent. Especially in Aberdeen, as the city must embrace the natural heritage of the North-East.
The project is in the centre of Aberdeen, a site known as ‘Denburn’ This site is in a derelict state but is an ideal location because it is behind major buildings, such as Aberdeen Art Gallery, Her Majesty’s Theatre, and St. Marks Church – attracting people to this area.
As the project is a cultural centre for Doric people, it is important that they are deeply rooted in the involvement. As previously stated, the centre is located at Denburn but it is the people who associate themselves as being Doric who will be showcased and using the building to share their culture. Therefore, the Cultural centre is named ‘theirdenburn’ because it is the Doric people’s centre to spread awareness of their culture and it is at Denburn- they are marking their territory.
The concept is inspired from the feelings of Doric people Many feel that the culture and spoken word has been pushed aside and made to feel ashamed of communicating in the dialect – sadly becoming forgotten about. As the form of the buildings gather inspiration from organic architecture and the idea that one fabric encloses a space, it appears that the buildings are ‘growing’ from the Denburn car park. This is intentional to illustrate the fact that the buildings are marking the territory, drawing attention from the wider society to Doric Culture.