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Cardross is best of modern in Scotland

Gillespie Kidd and Coia's St Peter's Seminary in Cardross has topped a poll of Scotland's most influential post-war buildings.

The disused seminary (pictured) is set to be unveiled as one of Scotland's most important modern buildings this Thursday.

The list will be the first ever table of the top 100 Scottish buildings, to be revealed at the Scottish Design Show in Glasgow.

Other buildings in the top 10 include: Barry Gasson's Burrell Collection in Pollok Park, Glasgow; Elder and Cannon's St Aloysius Junior School in Glasgow; and the Enric Miralles/RMJM Scottish Parliament building.

Selection panel chair Penny Lewis said the seminary, from Glasgow-based practice Gillespie Kidd and Coia, was an inspiration to contemporary architects.

She praised the building's architects, Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan, who designed it when at the Scottish practice.

'Metzstein and MacMillan produced a really innovative and imaginative body of work which sings with the optimism and sense of excitement of the 1960s and 1970s,' she said.

The judges limited the age of the buildings under consideration to those after the Second World War to act as a catalyst for contemporary architects. They claimed that these architects have access to a much greater variety of materials - such as steel, concrete and alloys - than their historic predecessors, who worked mainly in stone.

Lewis continued: 'Scotland's best 100 modern buildings are a celebration of what is possible in the here and now with modern materials, which are used more frequently now than stone, which is very expensive to use.'

by Rob Sharp

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