June 15 2017
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland has lauded 12 projects from around the country as exemplifying the best examples of modern architecture.
RIAS president Stewart Henderson remarked: “The quality of contemporary Scottish architecture is well worthy of celebration. These awards demonstrate that buildings of all scales and throughout the country are exemplary in their design, execution and in what they deliver for their clients, users and communities.”
In alphabetical order the 12 main category award winners were:
City of Glasgow College - City Campus
, Reiach and Hall Architects / Michael Laird Architects
, Argyll & Bute, cameronwebster architects
Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries
, Richard Murphy Architects
Eastwood Health and Care Centre
, Glasgow, Hoskins Architects
, Musselburgh, A449
, Wester Ross, Scampton and Barnett Architects
Glendale Primary School and Bunsgoil Ghàidhlig Ghleann Dai
l, Glasgow, Glasgow City Council - DRS Project Management & Design
James Gillespie's Campus
, Edinburgh, jmarchitects
, Edinburgh, Somner Macdonald Architects
Newhouse of Auchengree
, North Ayrshire, Ann Nisbet Studio
, Aberdeen, Carson & Partners
- National Theatre of Scotland HQ, Glasgow, Hoskins Architects
In addition four sub-category winners were also named with Scampton & Barnett Architects securing a resource efficiency accolade for Fernaig Cottage, Wester Ross; JM, Oberlanders and John C. Hope landed a placemaking gong for Holyrood North, Edinburgh while Fife Council were recognised as client of the year for Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries by Richard Murphy Architects.
This year’s judging panel comprised Ole Wiig, Lorraine Landels, Stuart McKnight and Karen Anderson.
City Campus: "The initial impression is of immensity, boldly signalling the building’s presence as an important place of learning. The palette and form of the building are deliberately restrained to generate something of skill, clarity and elegance"
Due West: "This house is more than a match for the challenge of its dramatic site. Uncompromisingly rectilinear, its interior gains maximum benefit from the extraordinary views which it commands. In keeping with the exposed rock faces"
Dunfermline: ""Bringing together museum, art galleries, meeting rooms and a café, alongside the world’s first Andrew Carnegie Library, the building is arranged around an internal “street”. This elegantly and legibly connects all of its facilities"
Eastwood: "This is a substantial healthcare hub, serving a large area, bringing together NHS and Council services with four GP practices. The brick-clad exterior of the building, softened by timber accents, draws visitors into the welcoming atrium"
Edinburgh Road: "There are very few sites which combine proximity to a major conurbation with coastal views of this quality. Although set between a busy road and a public beach, this new home is simultaneously public and private"
Fernaig: "This adapted former shepherd’s cottage keeps faith with its original character. New red roofs echo the historic corrugated metal which features throughout the Highlands. A thing of gentle diligence"
Glendale: "This shared English and Gaelic language campus brings together two schools on one site yet allows each to maintain its own distinct identity. Scale, form and materials respond to the historic tenemental character of the area"
James Gillespie: "Set within the Listed walls of the A Listed Bruntsfield Tower, these new buildings retain the historic campus quality of the school. The new development embraces the “full education journey” from nursery to secondary"
Moray Place: "In the 1930s, two adjoining townhouses were adapted to provide large floorplate apartments. While respecting the Georgian character of its spaces, bold design moves and the reconfiguration of the layout create a contemporary dwelling"
Newhouse: "On an elevation, commanding long views over the agricultural landscape, this cluster of separate spaces reflects the way that historic farm buildings developed over decades past. The zinc cladding reflects the light and cloud patterns"
Powis Place: "This urban-edge site is bounded on three sides by busy roads, rising significantly front to back. Self-contained around an upper level courtyard, this robustly sculptural building enhances the locale. Entrance and shared social spaces"
Rockvilla: "Described as “creative engine room” for the National Theatre, the existing structural frame was retained and re-clad to reinforce the industrial aesthetic. A restrained internal palette houses a double-height atrium"