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Dunfermline cultural hub throws open its doors

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May 18 2017

Dunfermline cultural hub throws open its doors
A 10-year project to create a new cultural hub for Dunfermline has reached its natural conclusion with the arrival of the first visitors to the revamped Carnegie Library and Galleries.

The ambitious build has seen Richard Murphy Architects conjoin two existing B-listed buildings – the aforementioned library and a former bank, with an all new extension overlooking the grounds of Dunfermline Abbey.

Playing host to exhibition space, a café, shop, library and reading room the facility houses of books, museum pieces, archives and artworks the complex build is broken down into three main elements; a reading room, museum and art galleries.

Speaking to Urban Realm on a tour of the facility Murphy said: “What is interesting about the building is there is no repetition.  Everything is unique and thought of in their own way which is thought of as an overall schema before being slotted into a central street so it’s hopefully not difficult to find your way around. There’s a journey which takes you up to the top and the final moment of that journey is a big cube like window in the corner.”

The opening weekend coincides with the national Festival of Museums which will see a series of events staged within the building to showcase what is on offer.

1 Comment

Robert
#1 Posted by Robert on 22 May 2017 at 13:49 PM
Wasn't this the scheme that originally had a victorian facade that swung open as a door? Who ever would have thought that would get knocked out as a cost saving...

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