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RIAS Announces The 2023 Shortlist For Scotland's Finest Building


The RIAS announces the 2023 shortlist for Scotland's finest building. There are four structures competing for the title of RIAS' Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland, and this year's shortlist includes a home that integrates a ruin and another home that is encased in smashed televisions.

Campus Central at the University of Stirling and the Laidlaw Music Centre at the University of St Andrews are both candidates for the title of Scotland's greatest building for the year 2023. Both of these structures are located on campuses of Scottish universities.

Laidlaw Music Centre
Laidlaw Music Centre

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) presents an award called the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland each year. This award was first presented in the year 2002. To "showcase the exceptional talent of architects working in Scotland today" is the goal of this competition, which seeks to identify the most impressive recently constructed structure in Scotland.

The big gray mansion known as Hundred Acre Wood, which was created by the London-based company Denizen Works and is located in Argyll and overlooks Loch Awe, is one of the two buildings that have been nominated for the 2023 edition.

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The façade is coated with recycled and crushed television screens to create a low-maintenance surface that resembles pebbledash. This is one of the most distinctive elements of the building.

The second home on the list may be found in a more rural part of Ayrshire. It was given the name Cuddymoss, and it features a stone ruin. The architect Ann Nisbet Studio added a timber-clad expansion to this existing structure so that it mirrors the form of the original building and has the potential to fit in with the land as it ages and becomes more gray.

One of the two university buildings included on the list is called Campus Central, and it was designed by the firm Page-Park. It is located at the University of Stirling and combines a newly constructed structure with a building that was renovated in the 1970s.

Campus Central is one of the two university buildings on the shortlist
Campus Central is one of the two university buildings on the shortlist

The goal of the project is to enhance the circulation on campus and give a welcome entry area. The Laidlaw Music Centre, which was designed by the architecture practice Flanagan Lawrence and constructed at the University of St. Andrews, is the last structure to be considered for the 2023 award.

It is equipped with a number of practice rooms that are available for use by amateur and professional musicians, as well as by members of the community. The recital hall is the first of its type to include a completely mechanized floor and a reverberation chamber to enhance the acoustics of the space, making it one of the most notable features of the building as a whole.

Tracy Meller, RSHP senior partner and chair of the jury for 2023, described picking the shortlist as a "tough job."

Whether unlocking a tricky urban challenge or doing justice to a remarkable rural setting, each has a superb relationship with its context. Their clients' briefs could not be more different, and yet each building demonstrates exceptional imagination, skill and flair.- Tracy Meller

The shortlist is compiled each year from the winners of the 2023 RIAS Awards, which were announced in June. The winner will be revealed on November 30th and will receive a cash award of £10,000. Along with chair Meller, this year's jury included RIAS president Chris Stewart and Wallpaper architectural editor Ellie Stathaki.

Final Words

Last year's winner was Moxon Architects' modest office and cafe located within the Cairngorms National Park. We broadcast a series of movies by photographer Jim Stephenson detailing the shortlist, which included a sawmill visitor center and the reconstruction of the modernist High Sunderland home, in the run-up to the announcement.

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