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Discreet opening

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Sometimes honest expression of function is exactly what isn't needed on a building. So when John Miller had to find a way of getting large pieces of work into the Royal Scottish Academy as part of its Playfair project, he had to use subterfuge. He is inserting an enormous sliding door in William Playfair's 1859 facade, but is removing the original stonework and using it to reclad the door so that it will disappear when not in use. Formalism follows function.

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