The controversial facade of the MSPs’ offices at Holyrood

Holyrood on Stirling shortlis

Prestigious architecture award applauds controversial new building. Words: Allan Radcliffe

I last. those beleaguered miners and SilttkL‘l‘s

behind the Scottish Parliament building have a

reason to be cheerful. The controyersial Holyrood building. designed by linric .\liralles Benedetta 'l‘agliabue iliMB'l'l and lidinburgli lirm RMJM. has been shortlisted Hit the 2005 Royal institute of British Architects‘ (RIBA) Stirling Him.

The £2t).()()(l pri/e. named after the Scots—horn architect Sir James Stirling whose unconventional designs of multi—unit housing and public buildings also attracted great controversy in their day —- is presented to the practice deemed to have made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.

lneyitany. this endorsement will further redeem the parliament building in the eyes of the public. the project

haying endured endlessly spiralling costs since its inception. Mary Wrenn. chief executive ol‘ the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIASl. said of the news: "I'he new parliament building is a wonderl'ul piece ol‘ architecture which eyet'yone in Scotland can be proud of. It is entirely appropriate that the judges for the Stirling l’ri/e should consider this stunning building.’

(‘oincidentally. '/.aha lladid Architects. which has been commissioned to build the new £50m Ri\ er Museum on (ilasgow‘s riy'erl'ront as a replacement to the old 'l’ransport Museum. has also made the shortlist for its BMW (‘entral Building in Leipzig. [ii a further coup for Caledonia. the winner will be announced live at a special ceremony. which takes place at the Museum of Scotland in lidinburgh on 15 October.


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