Holyrood parliament heads Scotland’s building of the century shortlist

The Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh and Dundee’s Repertory Theatre are both included on a shortlist of the best Scottish buildings from the past 100 years.

The 12-year-old Holyrood parliamentary building in Edinburgh, designed by Spanish architect Enric Miralles is joined in the top ten by the extension to the city’s Victorian Royal Museum.

A public vote for the favourite building from the past 100 years will also include the Dundee Contemporary Arts centre and also the city’s ‘Rep’ theatre. Also on the shortlist is the Princes Square shopping centre on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street which was given a makeover 30 years ago.

Other buildings on the shortlist include Europe’s smallest castle at Achmelvich in the north-west Highlands and a run-down art deco pavilion on the Isle of Bute, due to reopen in 2018.

The newest building on the shortlist is the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Orkney, which was completed nine years ago.

The oldest buildings are St Conan’s Kirk on the shore of Loch Awe, in Argyll, and the India Tyre and Rubber Factory at Inchinnan, Renfrewshire.

An original list of 100 buildings selected by an expert panel was published by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and these have been whittled down to the shotlist of ten. An exhibition is currently touring Scotland to highlight the final shortlist.

Voting is now open for the public to cast their vote for their favourite amongst the top ten. Scotland’s building of the century will be announced at the Finale of The Festival of Architecture in Dundee on 18 November.

To cast your vote and find out more about the exhibition tour visit 

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