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University building threatened with demolition to appear in prestigious exhibition

University building threatened with demolition to appear in prestigious exhibition

An university building threatened with demolition will feature in a prestigious European architecture exhibition.

The Gray’s School of Art building at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen will come under the spot light at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Social housing, churches, and even a football stadium have been selected as case studies for the month-long residency as part of the British Pavilion.

Opened in 1967, the Gray’s building was designed by Michael Shewan and is the only example in Scotland of a building influenced by celebrated American modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

It recently escaped being listed by Historic Scotland as the university wants to demolish the structure as part of a £120million redevelopment.

Samuel Penn, lecturer at RGU’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, was part of the team looking at north-east buildings from the 1950s and 1960s, for the “Scotland + Venice 2014 Project Past + Future”.

“We felt that the Gray’s building was a significant piece of modern architecture from the period that has not had much attention at all,” he said.

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