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Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee features on RIAS Awards shortlist

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Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee is among the 19 projects in the running for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s (RIAS) 2019 awards

Chosen from 82 entries, the shortlist includes an eclectic mix of schemes ranging from schools, a gallery, remote one-off houses and two distilleries.

The judging panel includes chair John Cole, an honorary professor at Queen’s University Belfast; Joanna van Heyningen of van Heyningen and Haward Architects; Catriona Hill from CH Architecture; and Peter McCaughey of WAVEparticle.

RIAS professor Robin Webster commented: ‘This year’s judges were struck by the continuing high standard of submissions and found shortlisting very difficult indeed.

‘This is an impressive list of buildings that all show the ambitious level of excellence that architects and their clients can achieve, and I hope that communities, government and local authorities, along with everyone else who needs to procure buildings will look at these examples and ensure that their ambitions match them’.

The winning schemes will be eligible for both the RIBA Stirling Prize and the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award – won last year by Reiach and Hall’s archive for the civil nuclear industry in Wick.

The RIAS Awards winners will be announced at a dinner at Assembly Rooms Edinburgh on 30 May. In June a separate announcement will be made about which of those schemes will also receive RIBA National Awards.

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Source: David Barbour

The Black House, Isle of Skye by Dualchas Architects


Bayes Centre, Edinburgh (value undisclosed)
Bennetts Associates for University of Edinburgh

The Black House, Isle of Skye (value undisclosed)
Dualchas Architects for private client

Briongos MacKinnon House, Strathaven (value undisclosed)
Richard Murphy Architects for Colin MacKinnon

Playful Garden Visitor Centre, Brodie Castle, Forres (£1.2 million)
Hoskins Architects for The National Trust for Scotland

Broomlands Primary School, Kelso (£8 million)
Stallan-Brand Architecture + Design for Scottish Borders Council

Cairngorms National Park Authority Headquarters, Grantown-on-Spey (£1 million)
Moxon Architects for Seafield Estate

Collective on Calton Hill, Edinburgh (£4 million)
Collective Architecture for City of Edinburgh Council and Collective

Hendrick’s Gin Palace, Girvan (£13 million)
Michael Laird Architects for William Grant & Son

The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Craigellachie (£140 million)
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Edrington

Mackintosh at the Willow, Glasgow (value undisclosed)
Simpson & Brown for Willow Tea Rooms Trust

Orchard Brae School, Aberdeen (£17.5 million)
jmarchitects for Hub North Scotland

Perth Theatre (£11.38 million)
Richard Murphy Architects for Horsecross Arts

The Raining’s Stairs Development, Inverness (value undisclosed)
Trail Architects for Ark Estates

Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service at The Jack Copland Centre, Edinburgh (£30 million)
Reiach and Hall Architects for Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service

St. John’s Church, Alteration and Extension, Edinburgh (£2.35 million)
LDN Architects for Cornerstone Developments (Edinburgh)

Tollcross Housing Association Offices, Glasgow (£2.92 million)
Elder and Cannon Architects for Tollcross Housing Association

Tragerhaus, Glasgow (value undisclosed)
HAUS Collective for Linda and James Laws

V&A Dundee (£80.1 million)
Kengo Kuma & Associates with PiM.studio Architects and James F Stephen Architects for Dundee City Council

West Calder High School (£32 million)
NORR Consultants for West Lothian Council

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Source: Susie Lowe

Collective on Calton Hill, Edinburgh by Collective Architecture

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Dundee V&A? Seriously?
    Have they visited it?

    There are many visitors who've left less than complimentary reviews on this building. Tripadvisor even started a second page for it, under a slightly different name, such was the number of dire reviews on the first.

    Most agree that yes, it's a great looker from outside; but the inside leaves much to be desired. Ground floor, visitors find it to be a big, empty space with little use or function other than the cafe, which some compare to a car-boot sale haphazard sprawl.

    Upper floor, there's one free exhibition room with what reviewers note to be a very poor layout and lighting of some genuinely great items. Visitors then mill around upstairs wondering what to do for the rest of their visit. Most explore the dead end corridor in hope of finding something interesing.

    And did anyone at RIAS mention it being waaaay over budget?
    Twice the cost on the public purse may not represent the ideals of good design, nor fill the public with confidence in Architects.

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