The Ross Pavilion International Design Competition


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This competition focuses on regenerating and renewing an emblematic site at the heart of West Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, which is presently occupied by the Ross Bandstand.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Project/EOI/PQQ, Architect, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Pavilion, Visitor-Center
Country Edinburgh, UK
RegDeadline 13 March 2017 GoogleCal iCal
13 March 2017 (via Online)
Eligibility Creative teams which are led by an architect and demonstrate expertise in landscape, engineering, heritage and planning

Edinburgh’s civic realm has always been one of its strengths, but as competition between world cities intensifies and city residents increasingly value public green spaces, so it has become a priority for both the public and private sectors. Accordingly, the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition focuses on regenerating and renewing an emblematic site at the heart of West Princes Street Gardens, which is presently occupied by the Ross Bandstand. This nationally-important space, perfectly positioned below Edinburgh Castle in the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage site and adjoining the city’s most famous shopping street, is ‘a place for people’. For much of the year a tranquil space in the lively city, it is also the seasonal focus for some of Scotland’s most high-profile events and celebrations, notably Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Festival’s closing fireworks concert.
This two-stage international competition is seeking an outstanding team for the £25m Ross Pavilion and Gardens project to design a new landmark Pavilion to replace the Bandstand; design a visitor centre with café; and to subtly update and improve the surrounding landscape. The initiative is intended to create a flexible contemporary venue, which is sensitive to context and historic setting, and where both residents and visitors can engage with a variety of cultural events all year round.
In its design and quality, the new Pavilion should be of the highest order: able to hold its own, and of its time, but respectful of the Castle and the historic setting; inspiring imaginative cultural programming, while raising the overall aesthetic and sensory experience of the Gardens. The design should be an original of international quality and significance creating an image that will, over time, come to be associated with Edinburgh.

Not yet announced

An honorarium of £10,000 will be awarded to each of the unsuccessful shortlisted teams.

Entry Fee

Shortlist announced: Mid-to-late March 2017
Final submissions by shortlisted teams: 9 June 2017
Winner announced: Early August 2017

The Ross Development Trust

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