Design Awards 2012
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Page \ Park Architects
Winner: Design Award
Externally, the principal effect has been the completion of the programme of restoration of the stonework and windows. Internally, a primary goal of the project was to put the whole of the second and first floors back into public use, displaying the Galleries’ permanent collections and housing temporary exhibitions.
Throughout the building, temporary partitions, lowered ceilings and window blockings have, where practically possible been carefully removed to allow the robust spaces to work as originally intended.
Two new openings on either side of the existing entrance vestibule at ground floor level have been formed so as to increase visibility and encourage visitor flow to the contemporary galleries, seminar room, café and shop.
A new, ramped, legible mezzanine floors along the rear of the building has been inserted. These mezzanines provide the answers to several problems: additional usable space for cellular and open plan offices and storage.