From the National Galleries of Scotland:
From Hoskins Architects:The internationally renowned Scottish National Gallery on the Mound in Edinburgh is home to the nation’s outstanding collection of historic Scottish Art. This redevelopment will transform the building to provide world-class facilities for the innovative display of the Scottish collection. The space devoted to the Scottish school will be tripled to show not only works by the great historical figures, but also the work of some twentieth-century artists, including the Scottish Colourists. The main objectives of the project are to:
• Triple the physical display space for Scottish Art, within an architecturally distinguished gallery.
• Create an innovative and stimulating presentation of historical Scottish art which meets the needs of our target audiences.
• Make the Scottish National Gallery’s historical collection a leading focus for the study of Scotland’s art, supported by the National Galleries of Scotland’s Collections Facility and Digital Engagement Strategy.
The project centres on researching and understanding this unique collection, conserving some of its most impressive works, and most importantly, displaying and presenting this world-class collection. It will transform the physical, intellectual and emotional access to the artworks for the benefit of the people of Scotland and millions of visitors from around the world.
At present, the Scottish Collections are housed in a specially designated lower floor extension to the Scottish National Gallery building that opened in 1978. There is no direct access to this area from the Gardens Level that is the central hub of the building. The Gardens Level and associated improvements enhanced the Scottish National Gallery site in 2004 but did not address the constraints of the Scottish Gallery. The space is no longer suitable for realising our ambitions with regard to this world-class collection of historic Scottish Art.
The Scottish National Gallery Project will promote Scotland’s Art, dramatically improve the display of the Scottish Collection, and triple the size of the galleries devoted to it. For the first time there will be access to the Scottish Collection Gallery directly from the Gardens Level Entrance. As visitors enter this main visitor hub of the building, they will immediately see the glass-fronted entrance to the Scottish Collection Gallery, and be drawn to the view down the length of the new gallery, revealing some of the fantastic art displayed therein. This will dramatically increase the visibility of our historic Scottish Art and signal its great importance alongside the international historic art collections displayed at the Scottish National Gallery.
The project will also significantly improve visitor flow in the Scottish National Gallery and give greater coherence to the building and its collections. The main entrance to the building on the Gardens Level will not only provide direct access to the Scottish Collection Gallery, it will also be completely reconfigured, with a grand staircase leading from this level up to the International galleries above. An improved retail and restaurant space will further improve the visitor experience on this level. The existing staircase from the ground floor to the Scottish Collection Gallery will also be redesigned to become more inviting and accessible for individuals and groups. The project will also establish new Scottish Prints and Drawings spaces in the Scottish Collection Gallery and a major graphics exhibition gallery in the Gardens Level area, making this extensive and highly significant collection accessible to a much wider audience through regularly changing displays.
Hoskins Architects were appointed by the National Galleries Scotland in 2014, via a competitive tender process, to be Architects for the new Scottish Collection Gallery on The Mound, Edinburgh. This appointment runs from feasibility to completion. The project is to provide a world class gallery space below the Playfair designed, National Gallery building, to display the large collection of Scottish Works in the Scottish National Collection. This £15.3m renovation project has now received £4.94m Stage 1 Heritage Lottery Funding and is now proceeding towards planning and will complete in 2018.
The project involves extensive reworking of the 1978 PSA designed Scottish Collection gallery, as well as linking to the 2004, John Miller and Partners, Weston link and creating new circulation routes to the Grade A listed gallery above. The designs include forming a new façade onto Princes Street Gardens and propose extensive landscaping to the gardens to enhance accessibility down to the gardens entrance.
Client: National Galleries Scotland
Status: Completion 2018
Area: 3,300 m²