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New tower for Stirling Castle wins Scottish student award

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A dramatic tower with ramp and bridge to Stirling Castle has won a student from the Mackintosh School of Architecture a major award north of the border.

Grace Choi's scheme for a cone-shaped tower includes exhibition spaces, research areas and library for an institute of antiquities, linked to Stirling Castle esplanade by a high-level bridge. The tower, on a ramped block with stairs, forms the entrance to the castle, which is used as a museum, convention centre and army barracks.

Choi's design, which won the Royal Scottish Academy's Architecture Award last week, is intended to tie into the existing landscape. A sweeping staircase and glazed areas maximise vistas of the historic town, surrounding rock and sky.

'The building becomes an entire outdoor activity. It both allows views from it, and is an animated view from the castle above,' said Choi, a fifth-year student who has just completed her ma in architecture.

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