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May 31 2019

Ten of the best crowned at 2019 RIAS Awards

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland have published the best architecture of 2019 after alighting on 10 key projects which espouse the highest design standards.

Drawn from 19 shortlisted buildings revealed earlier in the year the winning group includes The Black House by Dualchas; The V&A at Dundee by Kengo Kuma with PiM.studio Architects and James F Stephen Architects plus Broomlands Primary by Stallan-Brand.

Prof. John Cole CBE Hon FRIAS, Jury Chair, commented: “The journey to view the nineteen shortlisted projects, which, within a hectic but rewarding three-day period, took my fellow judges and myself through the intriguing Scottish borders, the self-confident central belt, and the glorious landscapes of the highlands and islands, was for all of us a reaffirmation of the fundamental importance of the ability of architecture at its best to positively influence the lives of individuals and communities.”

All winning projects will be considered for the RIAS Andrew Doolan best building in Scotland award.

 

Main image: Tollcross Housing Association Offices, Glasgow (£2.92m) by Elder and Cannon Architects for Tollcross Housing Association. Photography Andrew Lee

Briongos MacKinnon House, Strathaven; Richard Murphy Architects Limited for Colin MacKinnon. Image by Martin Lambie
Briongos MacKinnon House, Strathaven; Richard Murphy Architects Limited for Colin MacKinnon. Image by Martin Lambie
Broomlands Primary School, Kelso (£8 m) Stallan-Brand Architecture + Design Ltd for Scottish Borders Council. Image by Andrew Lee
Broomlands Primary School, Kelso (£8 m) Stallan-Brand Architecture + Design Ltd for Scottish Borders Council. Image by Andrew Lee

Collective on Calton Hill, Edinburgh (£4 m) Collective Architecture (original architectural practice – Malcolm Fraser Architects) for City of Edinburgh Council and Collective. Image Susie Lowe
Collective on Calton Hill, Edinburgh (£4 m) Collective Architecture (original architectural practice – Malcolm Fraser Architects) for City of Edinburgh Council and Collective. Image Susie Lowe
Mackintosh at the Willow, Glasgow Simpson & Brown for Willow Tea Rooms Trust. Image by Alexander Fraser
Mackintosh at the Willow, Glasgow Simpson & Brown for Willow Tea Rooms Trust. Image by Alexander Fraser

Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service – The Jack Copland Centre, Edinburgh (£30 m)  Reiach and Hall Architects for Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.  Image by Andrew Lee
Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service – The Jack Copland Centre, Edinburgh (£30 m) Reiach and Hall Architects for Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. Image by Andrew Lee
The Black House, Isle of Skye; Dualchas Architects Ltd. Image by David Barbour
The Black House, Isle of Skye; Dualchas Architects Ltd. Image by David Barbour

The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Craigellachie (£140 m) Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Edrington; Image by Joas Souza
The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Craigellachie (£140 m) Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Edrington; Image by Joas Souza
The Raining’s Stairs Development, Inverness; Trail Architects for Ark Estates
The Raining’s Stairs Development, Inverness; Trail Architects for Ark Estates

V&A Dundee (£80.1 m) Kengo Kuma & Associates with PiM.studio Architects and James F Stephen Architects for Dundee City Council. Image by Hufton + Crow
V&A Dundee (£80.1 m) Kengo Kuma & Associates with PiM.studio Architects and James F Stephen Architects for Dundee City Council. Image by Hufton + Crow

11 Comments

Dion Dublin's Dube
#1 Posted by Dion Dublin's Dube on 31 May 2019 at 10:40 AM
Eligibility of the Murphy project seems a bit of a stretch. Did it not feature on an episode of Grand Designs in 2013!?
Fat Bloke on Tour
#2 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 31 May 2019 at 10:48 AM
All must win prizes seems to be the message the judges are trying to get across.

Some dross in the final 10: nothing to do with class or quality -- everything to do with fad, herd instinct and group think.

The housing units are particularly bad: all about show -- nothing about use or utility.

Reinforces the current trope that architecture is all about styling and little or nothing to do with design.
James Hepburn
#3 Posted by James Hepburn on 31 May 2019 at 12:54 PM
Frightening isn't it. These are the ten best and one of them from 16 years ago. Scottish architects really are dross.
boaby wan
#4 Posted by boaby wan on 31 May 2019 at 13:12 PM
It's always interesting to see what a big name or budget can win in architectural awards.
monkey9000
#5 Posted by monkey9000 on 31 May 2019 at 15:51 PM
#3 Perhaps its more a reflection on the Scottish economy and Client expectations rather than the architects.
StyleCouncil
#6 Posted by StyleCouncil on 31 May 2019 at 16:30 PM
The image of the utterly banal observatory entrance pavilion typifies my complete distrust for the calibre ‘minds’ at HES, World Heritage or any of the other alleged custodians of architectural heritage or their pet Architects.
The restaurant on the corner is a shocker. It looks utterly ridiculous from low level looking up at the hill from Greenside. Like a large hovering public toilet, trying to make an emergency landing on the terrace. The detail of crashing on to the terrace wall is appalling.
Cadmonkey
#7 Posted by Cadmonkey on 31 May 2019 at 23:03 PM
So on the Carlton Hill entrance pavillion, is that a thin structural column, or a rainwater pipe, or what? I think we deserve to know the truth.
Jonathan
#8 Posted by Jonathan on 3 Jun 2019 at 13:17 PM
Well done to all the winners, some stunning projects in there. Love the school and distillery.

I had noticed the huge budgets in some of the schemes but wow, what a load of negativity in the comments!

Appreciate the platform for architectural debate and critique, but really hope that all the commentators work (in whatever field!) isn't met with the same amount of disdain with the comments in here.
Walt Disney
#9 Posted by Walt Disney on 3 Jun 2019 at 15:54 PM
The Kelso school looks very different in the flesh. Why is UR using a CGI?

The Calton Hill kiosk? Really?

I can only assume that the Strathaven house has just finished its snagging - 6 years later to allow it to enter this competition?

Why only 2 photos of interiors and the rest are exteriors? Do people inhabit the outside of buildings?

...and a final thought...do Riach and Hall just have one design that they build all round Scotland? Looks like they could have just taken a photo of Scottish Water at Stepps.
UR
#10 Posted by UR on 3 Jun 2019 at 20:29 PM
All images used are as supplied. Broomlands Primary is represented by an Andrew Lee photograph.
Bob the builder
#11 Posted by Bob the builder on 4 Jun 2019 at 11:18 AM
#9 I have often thought a lot of modern architects care mainly about the grand statement their buildings are making from the outside and the internal space is incidental.....

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