Rachael O'Donnell 2020
Relocation for Transition Extreme- Charitable Social Enterprise re locating to Aberdeen’s,” Living Edge.” When the stories, formed by experiences in challenging urban activity, help us to thrive, grow and create the ever- changing City of Aberdeen. Transition Extreme is a multi-award winning youth charity engaging with young people via participation in extreme sports and related art and music activities, open to everyone. With reduced economic/industrial reliance on Oil, Aberdeen faces challenges associated with areas of social deprivation and the need to grow a confident, resilient, skilled population adapting to new industry, a new future. Relocation to Aberdeen’s “Living Edge” on Aberdeen’s waterfront enables the project to become better integrated with other leisure/ sport facilities and with the areas of population density that it serves Seaton. This location helps re-define boundaries and barriers in transforming lives.
The punctured façade invites people to look inside; transitioning between the outside and inside spaces. On the inside, the building reveals more of its purpose; the central core shaped as a Ravine, with the cavernous walls naturally supporting the climbing walls which are the main focus of activities for the project. With an expansive glass façade and roof structure the building is infused with natural light creating an atmosphere that is conducive to the activities and purpose of the buildings. The Cavernous climbing wall integrates with and naturally supports light, adaptable, polycarbonate volume on two sides to offer activity and exhibition arenas, able to accommodate a range of activities, e.g, from bouldering to indoor football. The ambition of the building mirrors the ambition of transition extreme, to provide experiences which support growth and change, transforming lives and those same individuals transforming Aberdeen.