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Richard Murphy’s Dunfermline Library crowned Scotland’s best building

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The RIAS has named Richard Murphy Architects’ Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries the winner of the 2017 Doolan Award – the annual prize for the best building in Scotland

The scheme in Fife was announced as the champion of this year’s £25,000 prize – making it the richest architectural award in the UK –  at an awards ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland tonight [7 November]. 

Murphy’s project was chosen from a 12-strong shortlist, beating Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects’  2017 Stirling Prize-shortlisted city campus for the City of Glasgow College. 

The RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award is supported by the Doolan family and the Scottish government. Its shortlist is made up of all the winners of the 2017 RIAS Awards, which are also RIBA regional award winners.

The shortlist also featured Ann Nisbet Studio’s Newhouse of Auchengree, and A449 Architects’ Edinburgh Road. 

The judges for the award were Stewart Henderson, RIAS president; Sue Roaf, recently retired professor of architectural engineering at Heriot-Watt University; and Susie Stirling, head of placemaking and housing in the Scottish government’s Planning & Architecture Department. 

Cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs Fiona Hyslop, who presented the award, said: ‘Last year the RIAS-led national Festival of Architecture focused international attention on Scottish architecture and the quality of the shortlist for this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan Award illustrates again the continuing excellence of new architecture in Scotland.’

She added: ‘The quality of the winner and of all the shortlisted projects illustrate that we are building a future heritage in Scotland that we can truly be proud of.’

The Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries sit alongside the Category B-listed Andrew Carnegie Library, and include a museum, art galleries and children’s library.

Last year, the Doolan Award was won by Page\Park for its Saunders Centre science and technology building in Glasgow. 

Winner: Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, by Richard Murphy Architects

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Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, Dunfermline, Richard Murphy Architects

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Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, Dunfermline, Richard Murphy Architects

Citation 

In 2007 Richard Murphy Architects won a competition for a major new cultural hub in Dunfermline’s historic centre. The new building is organised along a top-lit internal street, criss-crossed by bridges. To provide access, an adjacent car park was redesigned as a walled garden leading to an entrance courtyard. External materials are sandstone, oak and Cor-ten steel, acknowledging the town’s industrial heritage and the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, after whom the building is named.

Internally the new spaces connect with the existing library’s reference rooms, repurposed as events spaces. At the lower level, the local history reading room is organised in three tiers. The children’s library opens directly onto the garden. On the floor above, the café’s terraces offer views over the Abbey. Above is a double-level, barrel-vaulted museum and three flexible art galleries. The circulation ‘architectural promenade’ offers key views of significant historic buildings, culminating in a cube window framing views of the Abbey.

The 2017 Doolan Award finalists

City of Glasgow College, City Campus, Glasgow, by Michael Laird Architects with Reiach and Hall Architects

This complex of buildings is the second phase of the City of Glasgow College scheme -the first phase was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize last year and winner of the AJ’s Alternative Stirling Prize. Described by the architects as constituting a ‘city within the city’, the scheme includes classrooms, lecture theatres and specialist facilities.

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City of Glasgow College, City Campus, Glasgow, by Michael Laird Architects / Reiach and Hall Architects

Source: Keith Hunter

City of Glasgow College, City Campus, Glasgow, by Michael Laird Architects / Reiach and Hall Architects

Due West, Argyll & Bute, by cameronwebsterarchitects

According to the practice, this private home ‘maximises stunning views’ from a cliff-top site, and features a ‘sunny’ living room with full-height glazing. 

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Due West, Argyll & Bute, by cameronwebster architects

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Due West, Argyll & Bute, by cameronwebster architects

Eastwood Health and Care Centre, Glasgow, by Hoskins Architects

Dubbed ‘The Hub’, this three-storey building is arranged around two courtyards and provides accommodation for four GP practices and council-run services. 

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Eastwood Health and Care Centre, Glasgow, Hoskins Architects

Source: Dapple Photography

Eastwood Health and Care Centre, Glasgow, Hoskins Architects

Edinburgh Road, Musselburgh, by A449 Architects

Built into the sea wall at Musselburgh, this timber-clad extension overlooks the beach, providing a double-height living area, kitchen and dining spaces.

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Edinburgh Road, Musselburgh, A449

Source: Matthew Johnson

Edinburgh Road, Musselburgh, A449

Fernaig Cottage, Wester Ross, by Scampton and Barnett Architects

Renovation, adaption and extension of a dilapidated former shepherd’s longhouse, retaining original stone walls.

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Fernaig Cottage, Wester Ross, Scampton and Barnett Architects

Source: Andrew Barnett

Fernaig Cottage, Wester Ross, Scampton and Barnett Architects

Glendale Primary School and Bunsgoil Ghàidhlig Ghleann Dail, Glasgow, by Glasgow City Council – DRS Project Management & Design

This project involved integrating two school populations, and includes a central atrium and flexible assembly space. 

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Glendale Primary School and Bunsgoil Ghàidhlig Ghleann Dail, Glasgow, by Glasgow City Council – DRS Project Management & Design

Source: Ross Campbell

Glendale Primary School and Bunsgoil Ghàidhlig Ghleann Dail, Glasgow, by Glasgow City Council – DRS Project Management & Design

 James Gillespie’s Campus, Edinburgh, by jmarchitects

This scheme includes five new educational buildings, which vary from one to three storeys in height. 

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James Gillespie’s Campus, Edinburgh, by jmarchitects

Source: Andrew Lee

James Gillespie’s Campus, Edinburgh, by jmarchitects

Moray Place, Edinburgh, Somner Macdonald Architects

Somner Macdonald Architects responded to a brief to create ‘one of the best apartments in Edinburgh’, while respecting the original building.

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Moray Place, Edinburgh, Somner Macdonald Architects

Source: Sean Gaule

Moray Place, Edinburgh, Somner Macdonald Architects

Newhouse of Auchengree, North Ayrshire, by Ann Nisbet Studio

This contemporary farmhouse draws on North Ayrshire’s rural vernacular. It is clad in zinc and is intended to reflect the architectural identity of the area.

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Newhouse of Auchengree, North Ayrshire, by Ann Nisbet Studio

Source: Susan Castillo

Newhouse of Auchengree, North Ayrshire, by Ann Nisbet Studio

Powis Place, Aberdeen, by Carson & Partners

This six-storey residential building for around 200 students includes a sheltered forecourt, common room and reception areas. 

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Powis Place, Aberdeen, by Carson & Partners

Source: Keith Hunter

Powis Place, Aberdeen, by Carson & Partners

Rockvilla – National Theatre of Scotland HQ, Glasgow, by Hoskins Architects

Hoskins Architects’ headquarters for the National Theatre of Scotland brings together various departments previously scattered across several buildings. It is a redevelopment of a disused industrial warehouse on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal and provides three rehearsal rooms, wardrobe department, production workshop, technical store and office space. It is clad in sinusoidal metal, arranged in four horizontal bands. 

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Rockvilla – National Theatre of Scotland HQ, Glasgow, by Hoskins Architects

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Rockvilla – National Theatre of Scotland HQ, Glasgow, by Hoskins Architects 

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