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Scotland’s top ten buildings revealed

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RIAS has revealed the shortlist of the top ten Scottish buildings from the past 100 years

The top ten buildings have been chosen from a 100-strong list published back in March. 

Spanning from 1930 to 2007, the hall-of-fame-esque list includes EMBT’s 2005 Stirling Prize-winning Scottish Parliament building, Benson + Forsyth’s National Museum of Scotland and Richard Murphy Architects’ contemporary arts centre in Dundee. 

The top ten 

  • St Conan’s Kirk, Argyll by Walter Douglas Campbell (1930)
  • India Tyre and Rubber Factory, Inchinnan by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners (1930)
  • Rothesay Pavilion, Isle of Bute by & JA Carrick (1938)
  • Hermit’s Castle, Sutherland by David Scott (1950)
  • Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee by Nicoll Russell Studios (1982)
  • Princes Square, Glasgow by Hugh Martin & Partners (1987)
  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh by Benson + Forsyth (1998)
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee by Richard Murphy Architects (1999)
  • The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh by EMBT with RMJM (2004)
  • Pier Arts Centre, Orkney by Reiach and Hall (2007) 

Buildings which missed out on reaching the top ten include Gillespie, Kidd and Coia’s St Peter’s College and BOAC Building in Glasgow, Page\Park’s 2006 Maggie’s Centre in Inverness and Elder and Cannon’s Shettleston Housing Association Offices. 

RIAS secretary Neil Baxter, commented: ‘This brilliant list testifies to the extraordinary quality of Scotland’s buildings. The fact that so many are relatively recent demonstrates that our national architecture is in very good health. We have much to celebrate.’ 

Launched as part of RIAS’ 2016 Festival of Architecture, the buildings all feature in a major touring exhibition titled ‘Scotstyle’. 

The public is now being invited to vote for the nation’s ‘building of the century’ which is set to be announced at the finale of the architecture festival in Dundee on 18 November.

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  • Reiach and Hall's development of the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, well deserves inclusion, and builds on the success of the the excellent initial warehouse conversion in 1987 by Kate Heron with Levitt Bernstein.

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