Unit one

Unit one

Unit One has concentrated recently on working with partners on live projects providing strategic visions for the city of Aberdeen. Compelling concepts have been generated, and output that has challenged and informed both public and private sectors thinking about the cities future. Last year’s successful Living Edge proposal for Aberdeen’s beachfront was built upon the previous year’s North Harbour design which freed up the waterfront for public access, strengthening the city’s relationship to the waterfront and exploiting Aberdeen’s unique position; having a harbour at the heat of the city. 

Drawing sheet showing site plan and floor plans

This year sees the completion of the ‘Living Fabric’ project in Stage 6 which proposes a new inner-city urban village in the area between the north harbour and the beach. This new city centre ‘quarter’ which we have called St Clements, is conceived as a model for inner-city living in Aberdeen. It’s a new development comprising of living, working and play environments that create an inclusive city-centre place for people from all sections of society that encompasses current thinking on low carbon urban living, district heating and sustainable travel, designed to set an example of the city’s own aspirations for future living exploiting technology, a development built on sustainable living patterns powered by renewable energy. 

The projects range from new models for urban living in a post-pandemic world to projects that allow people to access the harbour and its waterfront.

The Stage 5 students commenced a new piece of work focusing on the sustainability of the city centre and established urban patterns. Much has been said about the viability of city centres in recent years with the decline of the high street compounded by the recent pandemic. The ‘living Street’ project looks at King Street, the second of the great streets of the city of Aberdeen and explores how it can be re-visioned from its congested and somewhat run-down current self to a prototype based on creating a greater sense of community and place. At its heart lies the testing of a series of 15-minute city zones along the length to turn the street into an active community that holds all the requirements of live work and play within 15 minutes walking distance. Defining a sense of place, re-imagined to exploit its characters through making better what already exists and where appropriate proposing new considered architectural interventions.

These projects range from designs to re-use the former police headquarters, ideas for community residences and new projects which support and integrate the community with the University of Aberdeen.