Denizen Works designs “abstracted tree” viewing tower for Scottish botanical gardens

London-based architects Denizen Works has submitted planning for a observation tower containing a vertical gallery and bird hide at Inverewe Garden in Scotland. The design has been created in response to an open brief set for Denizen Works by the garden’s owners – the National Trust for Scotland – to create a viewing tower to draw more

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Glasgow School of Art “will be rebuilt” says school’s director

The Mackintosh Building will be rebuilt as a fully working art school says Tom Inns, director of the Glasgow School of Art. The announcement from the Glasgow School of Art ends weeks of speculation over what will happen to the historic building, which was devastated by a fire last month. “The Mackintosh Building will be rebuilt and

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Sheppard Robson designs barn-style extension for Edinburgh horse hospital

Four-legged patients should feel at home at Edinburgh’s new equine care unit, designed by Sheppard Robson as a modern take on traditional farm architecture. The London-based architecture firm built the £3.3 million extension for The Royal (Dick) Vet Equine Hospital on the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus. The new Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit houses

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Glasgow School of Art sprinkler system delivered day before fire

Pumps for a sprinkler system in the Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art arrived the day before fire destroyed the historic building. The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) has confirmed that the large devices required to operate the planned water mist system had been delivered before a huge fire ripped through the building. However, it

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“Glasgow School of Art simply cannot be razed”

Glasgow School of Art must be rebuilt, argues Mark Cousins, not just because it’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece, but because it’s an invaluable showcase for Scottish craft skills. The role of the architect is often overly romanticised in popular culture. Think Liam Neeson in Love Actually or Gary Cooper’s portrayal of Howard Roark in The Fountainhead. Roark exemplifies the

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Drone footage reveals damage to Glasgow School of Art as investigation into fire begins

The extent of damage to the Glasgow School of Art, following a devastating fire last week, has been revealed in drone footage of the wreckage. Glasgow School of Art released a video shot using a drone showing the damage to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building, after a visit to the site on Monday 18th June. The seminal building

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“Don’t create a sad replica of Glasgow School of Art”

Glasgow School of Art is gone, says Alan Dunlop, and to honour Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s legacy, we need to come up with new ideas for its replacement. In 2014, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art was assaulted by fire. The neighbourhood was evacuated, people watched in horror as flames engulfed the building. The damage was

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Rebuild of “irreparable” Glasgow School of Art estimated at over £100 million

Glasgow School of Art has been destroyed beyond repair, say experts, with the costs of rebuilding estimated at more than £100 million. The historic building, designed by Scottish architect Charle Rennie Mackintosh, suffered extensive damage from the fire that started on Friday, 15 June 2018. Glasgow-based architect Alan Dunlop, who visited the site over the

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Fire devastates Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art for a second time

Breaking news: Glasgow School of Art, the seminal building of Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, has been engulfed by fire, just four years after it was severely damaged by another blaze. More than 120 firefighters were called to the historic college last night, Friday 15 June 2018, to tackle a blaze that is understood to

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Boris Johnson backs £15 billion post-Brexit bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has given his support to another bridge project, this time spanning 14 miles of the Irish Sea. According to a report in the Telegraph, Johnson is “seriously” considering a bridge to link Scotland and Northern Ireland after Brexit, at an estimated cost of £15 billion. The idea garnered initially garnered media

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Willow Tea Rooms is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most complete interior design

To mark 150 years since the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, we’re looking back at five influential projects that defined his career. We round off our celebration with the Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow. Regarded as Mackintosh’s most complete interior design, Willow Tea Rooms is the best surviving example of a tea room designed by

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House for an Art Lover was built 60 years after Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s death

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh we are looking back at his most significant works. Next up is the House for an Art Lover, which remained unbuilt during his lifetime. Originally a disqualified entry in a magazine-run competition to design a country house, the drawings of House for an Art Lover helped

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The Glasgow School of Art is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s “masterwork”

In celebration of the 150th birthday of influential Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh this week, we’re looking back at five projects that defined his career. Next up is his most famous building, the Glasgow School of Art. The art school is described by the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society as the architect’s “masterwork”, as it seamlessly

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House was designed from the inside out

To mark 150 years since the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, we’re looking back at five influential projects that defined his career. First up is Hill House in Helensburgh, widely recognised as the Scottish architect’s most important residential work. Hill House exemplifies Mackintosh’s approach to combining traditional Scottish values with modern international ideas. Located in Helensburgh,

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Rolling wildflower roof covers Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed Scottish distillery

Undulations in the green roof of the Macallan Distillery by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners hint at the bulbous whiskey stills situated below. Cut into the hills of Speyside, the new distillery sits on the Easter Elchies estate in Scotland, which has been home to the single malt whiskey since 1824. Costing £140 million, the

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Where to Stay in Edinburgh for Design Lovers and Why You Should be Staying in a Home For Your Next Trip

As a family with two children we love renting homes when we travel. Some of the benefits of renting a home rather than staying in a hotel when you’re traveling with kids is that you can shop at the local markets and cook your own food. Most places come…

Prefabricated cabin can be transported to remote locations by lorry

This £39,000 prefabricated cabin by artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain MacLeod is designed to be easily transported on the back of a lorry. School friends Niven and MacLeod designed the small hut, known as the Artist Bothy after the Scottish name for a shelter, for artists wanting to set up studio in isolated locations.  The compact

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David Chipperfield reveals visuals of new Edinburgh concert hall

David Chipperfield Architects has released images of a performance centre proposed for Edinburgh, which will become home to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Named the IMPACT Centre, the music venue will contain a 1,000 seat auditorium, along with a 200-seat rehearsal space, cafe, bar and dedicated educational spaces. As well as being the home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra,

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McGinlay Bell completes Glasgow terraces with alternating black and white facades

Scottish firm McGinlay Bell used low-cost concrete bricks to create the black and white walls of this canalside housing development in the West End of Glasgow. The Maryhill Locks project involved the creation of 40 terraced homes for private sale. Locally based McGinlay Bell designed the houses for developer Bigg Regeneration, which is a partnership

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Politicians back proposed bridge linking Scotland and Northern Ireland

The Democratic Unionist Party has backed a crossing between Northern Ireland and Scotland, proposed in response to Boris Johnson’s suggestion to build a bridge between Britain and France. A bridge across the Irish Sea was proposed by Scottish architect Alan Dunlop as a direct response to the “Boris Bridge” suggested by the UK’s foreign secretary, which would see a 22-mile-long

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Carmody Groarke unveils plans to build transparent “shield” around Mackintosh’s Hill House

Carmody Groarke has unveiled plans to erect a see-through hood over Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House in Helensburgh, Scotland, to help protect it from the elements during conservation works. Mackintosh, a key figure in Britain’s Arts and Crafts movement, designed and built Hill House as a home for the publisher Walter Blackie between 1902 and 1904. Located

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RIAS chief Neil Baxter resigns following outcry from Scottish architects

Neil Baxter has resigned as secretary and treasurer of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, after more than 150 architects accused the organisation of financial mismanagement. The RIAS said it had agreed to a request from Baxter to step down with immediate effect. He has been with the organisation for 10 years. “Neil will be standing down as

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Scottish architects call for reform of “increasingly secretive and autocratic” RIAS

More than 150 architects are calling for an independent review into the governance of Scottish architecture’s professional body, the RIAS, which is being accused of covering up details of its internal finances. The architects have signed an open letter sent to the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) by a group calling itself A New Chapter.

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WHY wins Edinburgh’s Ross Pavilion contest with design featuring undulating roof gardens

American studio wHY Architecture has won a competition to design a new events pavilion overlooked by Edinburgh Castle, with plans for a series of glazed pavilions topped by wave-shaped roof gardens.  wHY partnered with Edinburgh office GRAS on its design for the £25 million Ross Pavilion, which was selected ahead of proposals by six other teams, including BIG, Adjaye Associates and Sou

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Moxon Architects builds humble cabin in mountainous Scottish landscape

The mountains of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park offer a dramatic backdrop for this modernist-inspired hut by firm Moxon Architects. Culardoch Shieling, which takes its name from the Scottish Gaelic word for “hut”, is located in the grounds of the client’s highland estate. It provides a space for entertaining guests that takes full advantage of its scenic surrounds. “We were asked to

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David Adjaye, BIG and Sou Fujimoto compete to build Edinburgh Ross Pavilion

David Adjaye’s temple-like canopy, Bjarke Ingels’ looped auditorium and Sou Fujimoto’s spiralling pathway are among the seven shortlisted proposals for an events pavilion in Edinburgh, Scotland. Flanagan Lawrence, PagePark Architects, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and wHY Architecture have also been shortlisted for the Ross Pavilion at West Princes Street Gardens, a public park set below Edinburgh castle.

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Gabled guesthouse by Sutherland & Co extends countryside cottage in Scotland

This modest extension to a cottage in the Scottish countryside was designed by architecture studio Sutherland & Co so the owners could invite their family to stay. Featuring shingle-covered walls and a light-filled interior, the simple gabled extension – called Sydserf – adjoins the single-storey property in East Lothian, a county on the outskirts of Edinburgh. “Our clients needed a

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Kengo Kuma’s V&A museum takes shape in Dundee

The V&A museum has released a movie and photographs showing how far construction has progressed on its new Kengo Kuma-designed outpost in Dundee. Set to become Scotland’s first design museum, the V&A Museum of Design Dundee is being built on the River Tay. It will be the only UK outpost of the successful London institution. Japanese architect Kengo

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Studioshaw proposes drone-racing arena and shipping-container offices for Dundee waterfront

Studioshaw has won an ideas competition for the Scottish city Dundee with its plans for a sunken courtyard to race drones and prototype virtual reality games. Sponsored by the Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) and the Scottish Enterprise, the Seabraes Yards Sketch Design contest called for a new public facility for children and young people at the Digital Media Park

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Richard Murphy’s “box of tricks” home named UK house of the year 2016

Secret hatches, moving walls and a sliding ladder all feature inside the Edinburgh home of architect Richard Murphy, which has been named RIBA House of the Year 2016. Called Murphy House, the five-storey “box of tricks” house in Edinburgh saw off competition from 19 other projects to win the RIBA prize, which recognises the best new

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Moxon adds red metal and larch extension to farmhouse in Scottish Highlands

London studio Moxon has restored an old granite farmhouse in the Scottish Highlands, and added a larch and metal extension with a matching gabled profile. The 18th-century farmhouse, named Coldrach, is located in the Cairngorms National Park in northeast Scotland. It was derelict prior to the renovation works. Moxon’s gabled extension echoes the form and proportions of the farmhouse, but

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Reiulf Ramstad and Dualchas design cliffside visitor centre for Scottish island

Norwegian firm Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has teamed up with Scottish studio Dualchas Architects to design a seafront visitor centre for an island in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. The two studios – both specialists in architecture for remote sites – won a competition with their proposal for the St Kilda Centre, which will be built on the island of Lewis, but will offer expansive More

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Self-build retreat by Rural Design nestles into rugged Isle of Skye landscape

This small holiday home by Rural Design nestles between grassy knolls on the Isle of Skye, the largest of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides islands (+ slideshow). Local architects Alan Dickson and Gill Smith designed Studio Fiskavaig as a self-build project for Nicholas Middleton and Kate Prentice, who run a holiday letting business from the island. This is the third project the the pair More

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The Tinhouse by Rural Design is a self-built corrugated-metal dwelling on a Scottish island

Scottish architecture studio Rural Design has completed a shed-like holiday home on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, featuring corrugated aluminium walls that reference local agricultural buildings (+ slideshow). Rural Design founders Gill Smith and Alan Dickson designed and built The Tinhouse as a year-round rental home. The husband-and-wife team let it the property while also operating their architecture practice in the town More

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A449 converts Scottish cottage into writer’s home with scorched larch cladding

Edinburgh practice A449 has adapted a “nondescript” mid-20th-century dwelling in the Scottish Borders to create a home with scenic views for a writer (+ slideshow). The Edinburgh-based practice, led by architect by Matthew Johnson, extended Blakeburn Cottage to the east and west, and clad it in vertical strips of scorched larch. The studio also renovated and reorganised More

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Glasgow’s nautical and engineering college presents gridded glass facades to the River Clyde

A trio of gridded glass blocks forms this new campus for a Glasgow college, which contains facilities for nautical and engineering students, including a replica of a ship’s engine room (+ slideshow). Edinburg firms Michael Laird Architects and Reiach and Hall Architects designed the £228 million Riverside Campus for the City of Glasgow College, which formed when the city’s Central, More

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Icosis Architects create stargazing lookout tower in the Scottish highlands

This cylindrical, larch-clad observation tower was designed by Icosis Architects to provide an elevated vantage point over picturesque bogland and night skies in Scotland (+ slideshow). The Forsinard Lookout Tower is located at the Dubh Lochan peat bogs in Sutherland, which form part of the Flow Country – the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe. Edinburgh-based Icosis positioned the structure on the edge More

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Collective Architecture extends sandstone building to create Glasgow Women’s Library

The titles of important works of literature are engraved into the walls of this extension to a sandstone library in Glasgow, which has been refurbished to create a centre for women’s history (+ slideshow). Local firm Collective Architecture won a limited competition to redevelop the building in the city’s Bridgeton neighbourhood, which provides the first permanent home for More

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Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee receives extra £20 million from Scottish government

The Scottish Government has pledged an extra £20 million of funding to the V&A museum outpost in Dundee, a year after costs for the Kengo Kuma-designed building doubled to £80 million. The new deal is part of a £63.8 million financial package for the development of the city’s waterfront, and is hoped to provide the More

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Moxon secures planning permission for house in a quarry surrounded by protected woodland

London studio Moxon Architects has released images of its design for a home nestled into a quarry in the Scottish highlands, which has been granted planning permission and will start construction later this year (+ slideshow). Named Quarry House, the project will be located in Cairngorms National Park which is surrounded by Site of Special Scientific Interest, Crathie Wood, a feature that More

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Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins dies aged 48

Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins, who was responsible for the redesign of Edinburgh’s National Museum Scotland, has died following a short illness. Described by colleagues as “exceptional, visionary and gifted”, the Hoskins Architects founder was responsible for the design of the Mareel Cinema and Music Venue in Shetland, and also drew up controversial plans to convert Edinburgh’s old Royal High School building into a More

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Wedge-shaped viewpoint by BTE Architecture overlooks Loch Lomond

This triangular structure by BTE Architecture provides an elevated viewing platform on the edge of Scotland’s Loch Lomond (+ slideshow). Architects Daniel Bär, Stéphane Toussaint, Sean Edwards of Glasgow and Oslo studio BTE Architecture won a competition to design The Pyramid Viewpoint as part of the Scottish Scenic Routes – a government-run initiative intended to spotlight the work of young practices More

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Brown + Brown transforms derelict stone buildings into boatbuilding workshop

Children and adults learn the skills of boatbuilding inside this harbour-side stone structure that Scottish firm Brown + Brown has updated with a contemporary wooden roof. Aberdeen-based Brown + Brown designed the facility for Portsoy, a village on Scotland’s north coast. It occupies the only two blocks in the historic harbour that aren’t heritage-listed, both […]

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Smartphones and tablets spell the end for open-plan living, say UK architects

The trend for open-plan living may be over say architects, as families now favour “broken-plan” homes that offer more privacy for using mobile devices. For decades open-plan properties have been favoured by homeowners for offering a greater sense of spaciousness. But walls are starting to coming back into fashion, as residents seek more secluded spaces in their homes. “It is an extraordinary […]

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Sutherland Hussey Harris adds angular brick tower to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

A brick-clad tower provides a landmark for this sculpture workshop and cultural hub by Sutherland Hussey Harris, which is slotted into an old railway cutting in Edinburgh (+ slideshow). Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is a facility providing artists with low-cost studios, exhibition space and workshops in the Scottish capital’s Newhaven area. The centre was previously housed in an […]

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Studio Weave builds zinc-armoured art studio above a brook on Scotland’s west coast

Described as a “lovechild of rock and manor”, this rural artist’s cabin by Studio Weave features a twin-gabled form, and a zinc facade embossed with diamonds and crosses (+ slideshow). Named Midden Studio, the building is perched above a stream on the west coast of Scotland. It takes its inspiration from both the vernacular buildings […]

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Gables and courtyards help children’s hospital building by Keppie appear more welcoming

Gabled brick buildings surround quiet courtyards to create an intimate and comforting environment for the families of sick children at this facility on a hospital campus in Glasgow, Scotland (+ slideshow). The building was designed by British firm Keppie for the Glasgow branch of the Ronald McDonald House charity, which provides amenities for parents wishing to stay close to […]

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Beach House by Dualchas Architects stretches out towards the seafront

This holiday home in the Scottish Highlands by Glasgow-based Dualchas Architects features a glazed base that hugs a gravelly slope and a cantilevered upper level that stretches out towards the sea (+ slideshow). Beach House is a rental holiday home designed by Dualchas Architects for a rugged plot that slopes down to a stretch of sandy beach in Morar, a region on the west coast […]

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Scottish holiday home by WT Architecture masquerades as an old stone mill

The blackened timber walls of this family holiday home are hidden within the shell of an old stone mill in the Scottish countryside (+ slideshow). The old grain threshing mill forms part of Southside Steading, a collection of disused farm buildings that nestle into a hill overlooking a valley in the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh studio […]

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PagePark appointed to restore fire-damaged Glasgow School of Art

Scottish studio PagePark Architects has won a bid to restore the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art building, which was devastated by fire last summer. The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Restoration Committee has appointed local office PagePark Architects to restore and rebuild the fire-damaged building, which houses the school’s Fine Art Department and an exhibition space used to host […]

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Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland reveals 2015 awards shortlist

An Edinburgh roof extension, a house that cantilevers across a beach and Steven Holl’s new wing for the Glasgow School of Art are among the projects shortlisted for Scotland’s national architecture awards (+ slideshow). The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced 24 nominees for its annual awards, which will be announced at an […]

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Gabled stone and glass Torispardon house reinterprets Scottish farm buildings

A modern timber and glass structure connects the more traditional stone-walled buildings at either end of this house in the Scottish highlands, designed by architects Stuart Archer and Liz Marinko (+ slideshow). The property for a single occupant replaces a derelict cottage and farm building on a hillside site within a conservation area in the […]
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Black-stained house by Dualchas Architects completed on the coastline of a Scottish island

The four buildings that make up this house on Scotland’s Isle of Skye were designed by Dualchas Architects to reference the shape and appearance of an old black shed found nearby (+ slideshow). The black residence is the latest in a series of houses that Scottish firm Dualchas Architects has completed on the isle, which […]
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Kengo Kuma “surprised” after V&A Dundee costs rise to £80 million

News: the cost to build a new outpost of the V&A museum in Dundee, Scotland, has almost doubled to the sum of £80 million – a figure that architect Kengo Kuma has claimed is “surprisingly high” (+ movie). The original price tag for the new design museum on the city’s harbour was set at £45 million, but Dundee City Council has revealed […]
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Five architects shortlisted to restore Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art

News: the Glasgow School of Art has named five architects in the running to lead the restoration of the Mackintosh Building, which was devastated by fire last May. Avanti Architects, John McAslan + Partners, LDN Architects, PagePark Architects and Purcell have all made the shortlist of firms in the frame for the restoration of Charles […]
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Brutalist seminary to be resurrected in 2015 after 25 years of neglect

News: after a quarter of a century of decay, a full design team has been appointed to convert the ruins of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s Brutalist St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, Scotland, into a major venue for art and culture. Designed by celebrated architects, the late Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan, the concrete seminary was completed in […]

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Reiach and Hall adds walled gardens to Maggie’s Centre Lanarkshire

A perforated brick wall encloses a series of internal courtyards and gardens at the latest Maggie’s Centre for cancer care, designed by Edinburgh office Reiach and Hall Architects (+ slideshow). The design for Maggie’s Centre Lanarkshire by Reiach and Hall Architects seeks to reinstate a sense of boundary and tranquillity to the edge of a […]

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