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Monday28 July 2014

Richard Murphy's Aberdeen ensemble

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Richard Murphy Architects has completed work on the £45 million Justice Mill Lane Park Inn hotel and office development in Aberdeen

Although the office and hotel buildings are two separate entities, they are unified by a common palette of materials including a granite base and zinc and glass cladding at the upper levels.

Curtain walling with “floating” panels covers the facade of the seven-storey 8,775sq m hotel, which is arranged around a central day-lit space and includes 185 bedrooms, a gym, restaurant and meeting rooms.

The six-storey, 13,766sq m office building features a central atrium, helical stair-case and a café. The structure also steps down to the south of the site, creating sun terraces.

The project occupies a site that formerly housed a disused petrol station and a warehouse and is now a key part of the redevelopment of the business area to the western end of Aberdeen’s city centre.

Murphy was appointed by developer Hazeldene Estates after winning a competition against firms including Gareth Hoskins Architects, GM&AD and Malcolm Fraser.

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  • Murphy's expression of superficiality is uplifting. He takes on the hard, masculine fabric of Aberdeen with a soft, penetrating sensitivity. The facade exposes itself as a series of diaphanously lifted veils enveloping a conceptually firm interior.

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  • Richard Murphy has abandoned the seductive Scapaism of his many previous erections. His budget hotel is more Arndale Centre than cutting edge architecture. Murphy requires a new muse to ignite his strong architectural passions.

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  • This is so ridiculous! Good concept - two buildings within one building but not successfully implemented. The reality is a disaster - administration part is privileged, guests offered only basic conditions. Not a surprise why there isn't a single photo showing how the rooms actually look alike ! Restaurant - incorporates a lot of glazing, overheating is a big issue, very poor ventilation systems...

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  • @Adam Wilde - see a shrink.

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