Comment on: The uncanny Scots: A decade in architecture
Firstly, I think the title is condescending - 'the uncanny Scots'. I think that is simply not true.
The two projects that stand out to me are the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and the Falkirk Wheel. The former has a poetic, story-like narrative to it's building whereas as the Falkirk Wheel is simply a world renowned piece of engineering which characterises Scotland's outstanding engineering pedigree.
The Scottish parliament building is one of the best civic buildings built anywhere in the world in the last few years in my opinion. Most contemporary building are ugly, have huge glazed walls, pillars and misuse of concrete everywhere and the people who designed them try to justify their ugliness.
Scotland's parliament honours it's location at the base of Arthur's seat, and has a subterranean, de- constructed quality that is rarely expressed so beautifully in 99% of modern buildings. It is both ancient and modern at the same time and characteristic of Scotland. I love it. It compares to anything in the world.
To me it is the the best piece of architecture in Scotland in the last decade.
I do not agree with that list.
The Glasgow school of art should be number 1. It is one of the most thought provoking, holistically designed buildings I have ever experienced. And it was designed with total functionality in mind - the human experience flourishes alongside the immense beauty of the building. Maybe it's Scottish-ness is what prevented it from being number 1 as I have no doubts that if that building was in any English city we wouldn't be having this debate in the first place.
Also, the university of Cambridge is a concrete monstrosity but 'trendy' arty types like to say how much they love it so's to embellish their credentials for being on a higher level of perceiving architecture to normal folks who would think it is ghastly.