Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

The Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, Fife by Richard Murphy Architects has been awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2017. From a shortlist of twelve projects, all winners of RIAS Awards for 2017 (presented in June 2017), the judges selected the Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries as a clear winner. The award was presented at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland (Doolan Award winner for 2011) on Tuesday 7th November by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP alongside Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS (the late Andrew Doolan’s mother).

The winner of this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award receives a gold medal cast by internationally renowned Scottish Goldsmith, James Brent Ward and a cheque for £25,000. This makes it the richest architectural prize in the UK and one of the most significant architecture awards in Europe. The award is generously supported by the late Andrew Doolan’s family and by the Scottish Government.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

“Last year the RIAS-led national Festival of Architecture focussed international attention on Scottish architecture and the quality of the shortlist for this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan Award illustrates again the continuing excellence of new architecture in Scotland.

I am always delighted to announce the winner of the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award and, in this Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the quality of the winner and of all the shortlisted projects illustrate that we are building a future heritage in Scotland that we can truly be proud of.”

The judges for this year’s award were RIAS President, Stewart Henderson PRIAS, Professor Sue Roaf FRIAS, recently retired Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University and Susie Stirling, Head of Placemaking & Housing in the Scottish Government’s Planning & Architecture Department. The full judges’ citation for the winning project reads:

“In 2007 Richard Murphy Architects won a competition for a major new cultural hub in Dunfermline’s historic centre. The new building is organised along a top-lit internal street, criss-crossed by bridges. To provide access an adjacent car park was redesigned as a walled garden leading to an entrance courtyard. External materials are sandstone, oak and Corten steel, acknowledging the town’s industrial heritage and the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, after whom the building is named.

Internally the new spaces connect with the existing library, reference rooms repurposed as events spaces. At the lower level the local history reading room is organised in three tiers. The children’s library, opens directly onto the garden. On the floor above the café’s terraces offers views over the Abbey. Above is a double level, barrel vaulted museum and three flexible art galleries. The circulation ‘architectural promenade’ offers key views of significant historic buildings, culminating in a cube window framing views of the Abbey.”

The building was selected from a strong shortlist of twelve projects which represented a comprehensive range of building types. The shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award comprised this year’s RIAS Awards winners, as follows:

City of Glasgow College - City Campus

Reiach and Hall Architects / Michael Laird Architects for City of Glasgow College

Due West, Craobh Haven

cameronwebster architects for Gordon and Margaret Turner

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Richard Murphy Architects for Fife Council

Eastwood Health and Care Centre, Glasgow

Hoskins Architects for hub West Scotland on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde with East Renfrewshire Council

Edinburgh Road, Musselburgh

A449 LTD for Archie and Tricia MacDonald

Fernaig Cottage, Stromeferry

Scampton and Barnett Architects for Andrew and Gillian Barnett

Glendale Primary School, Glasgow

Glasgow City Council - DRS Project Management & Design for Glasgow City Council

James Gillespie's Campus, Edinburgh

jmarchitects for The City of Edinburgh Council

Moray Place, Edinburgh

Somner Macdonald Architects (for a private client)

Newhouse of Auchengree, North Ayrshire

Ann Nisbet Studio for Dr Michael Law and Sally Law

Powis Place, Aberdeen

Carson & Partners for Alumno Development

Rockvilla - National Theatre of Scotland HQ, Glasgow

Hoskins Architects for National Theatre of Scotland