The design of the new public landscape at The Mound was the subject of an open architectural competition held in 1983. Bob Allies and Graham Morrison collaborated on a submission, and their selection as winners led to the formation of the practice in 1984.
The Mound had been created in the second half of the 18th Century as a by-product of the construction of Edinburgh New Town. Two public buildings dominate the site; the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy.
The competition was intended to provide a more permanent and appropriate solution to the site’s growing significance as a public space. Allies and Morrison’s competition design focused on the inherent characteristics of the site – the topography of the landscape, the setting of the two galleries, the routes that draw people into and across the site and the relationship between The Mound and the adjacent Princess Street Gardens.
Lothian Regional Council