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Well Done the Scots. :)


Hat trick for Scottish Architects in RIBA Awards

The Bridge Arts Centre in Glasgow, The Scottish Story Telling Centre in Edinburgh and a private house in Edinburgh are all winners of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards announced today. The Awards are run in Scotland by the RIBA’s sister organisation, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). The winners will receive their awards from RIBA President-elect, Sunand Prasad at the RIAS Annual Convention in Nairn, Invernessshire, on Friday 18 May.

According to the Jury Chair, Rab Bennetts, The Bridge Arts Centre in Easterhouse has already become an important magnet for the community that was previously lacking.

He said “The brightly-lit library is a spectacular and brilliant space, This is the hub of the building and, to a large extent, the centre of Easterhouse itself, linking the new accommodation with the swimming pool and the college, in a series of split levels that wrap around the freestanding bookshelves.”

The project was particularly commended by the jury for its commitment to access issues and a holistic approach to the briefing and commissioning process. They admired its ability to “lift the spirit of all who engage with it”. The jury summed up their impressions by describing The Bridge as an example of “urban regeneration at its most powerful”.

By far the larger of the two Edinburgh Award-winning schemes is The Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile, at the halfway point between the Castle and the Scottish Parliament.
Hat trick for Scottish Architects in RIBA Awards

The Bridge Arts Centre in Glasgow, The Scottish Story Telling Centre in Edinburgh and a private house in Edinburgh are all winners of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards announced today. The Awards are run in Scotland by the RIBA’s sister organisation, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). The winners will receive their awards from RIBA President-elect, Sunand Prasad at the RIAS Annual Convention in Nairn, Invernessshire, on Friday 18 May.

According to the Jury Chair, Rab Bennetts, The Bridge Arts Centre in Easterhouse has already become an important magnet for the community that was previously lacking.

He said “The brightly-lit library is a spectacular and brilliant space, This is the hub of the building and, to a large extent, the centre of Easterhouse itself, linking the new accommodation with the swimming pool and the college, in a series of split levels that wrap around the freestanding bookshelves.”

The project was particularly commended by the jury for its commitment to access issues and a holistic approach to the briefing and commissioning process. They admired its ability to “lift the spirit of all who engage with it”. The jury summed up their impressions by describing The Bridge as an example of “urban regeneration at its most powerful”.

By far the larger of the two Edinburgh Award-winning schemes is The Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile, at the halfway point between the Castle and the Scottish Parliament.
Summing up the jury’s impressions, Rab Bennetts, Jury Chair said:
“As with other projects by Richard Murphy, the colour and detailing are intense and thoroughly engaging and, although there are inevitable references to Carlo Scarpa, this is clearly an original work that far exceeds the normal standard of new domestic architecture. Seeing the completed house, it is hard to imagine why so many obstructions were placed in the way of the planning applications. As a template for sensitive but uncompromisingly modern urban infill within an historic street, Edinburgh’s City planners could do much worse than look to this small project for inspiration.”

The three Scottish winners will find out if they have been successful in the next round of Awards – the RIBA National Awards - at a dinner at the London Hilton on 22 June 2007. From the National Awards, the longlist for the £20K RIBA Stirling Prize is selected. For now, the award-winning architects are pleased to be recognised as the designers of three of Scotland’s best buildings.

The members of the jury were: Chair: Rab Bennetts, Bennetts Associates, London; Scottish Jury Representative: Andrew Wright, Past President RIAS;
Lay Assessor: Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, formerly Arts Council of England.

Notes to editors
The three buildings in Scotland which have won RIBA Awards in 2007 are:
1. The Bridge Arts Centre, Glasgow, designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects
Tel: 0141 221 0600 Web: www.garethhoskinsarchitects.co.uk
2. The Scottish Story Telling Centre, Edinburgh, designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects Tel: 0131 225 2585 Web: www.malcolmfraser.com
3. Private house, Edinburgh, designed by Richard Murphy Architects
Tel: 0131 220 6125 Web: www.richardmurphyarchitects.com

• Jpeg images attached for each building. For further queries please contact Mary Wrenn or Isla Fraser on 07775 902 637.
• The RIBA Awards are judged to the highest standards across the UK.
In total this year, there are 63 UK RIBA Awards.
• The RIBA Awards and RIBA Stirling Prize are managed by the RIBA Trust
• The RIAS works in partnership with the RIBA to promote excellent design and provide services to Chartered Architects in Scotland. To find out more about architecture in Scotland tel 0131 229 7545 www.rias.org.uk
 

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This is part of the reason why we would like some sort of moderation Momus.

Put up stickys and create more activity on the forum. :)
 
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