RIAS Announces 18 Winners in Inaugural Awards

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced 18 winners, representing the very best of current Scottish architecture, at the inaugural RIAS Awards at an Awards Dinner held at the Glasgow Hilton last night.

The judging panel, led by RIAS President Sholto Humphries, included Dr Anne Lorne Gillies, Scottish singer, songwriter, broadcaster, author and academic, Robert Dye of Robert Dye Associates, London and Peter Wilson, Director of the Wood Studio at Edinburgh Napier University.

Sholto Humphries, President of the RIAS, commented:

“We had 71 submissions from throughout Scotland, ranging in scale from a few thousand pounds to over £60m. We cut this down to a brilliant shortlist of 23 projects. The fact that 18 of these have won awards testifies to the extraordinarily high standard and confirms that this new award is now the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland.

The RIAS also established a new award sponsored by Wood for Good and Forestry Commission Scotland. This was given to the RIAS Award winning project which best demonstrated the use of timber.

The RIAS Award 2012 winners are (listed alphabetically with short citations):

Bogbain Mill, Lochussie, by Maryburgh (contract value not for publication)

Rural Design (Client: not for publication)

“This ingenious conversion of a rural mill creates a home within a landscaped setting which draws upon its industrial history to create a delightful contemporary living space. Existing walls create a series of sheltered garden courtyards. The plan is typically one room deep, with simple linear circulation. The existing fabric has been respected, incorporated, amended and extended without resorting to pastiche.”

Cape Cove, Shore Road, Helensburgh (£450k)

Cameron Webster Architects (Client: not for publication)

“At the water’s edge, this home commands superb views across Loch Long. It rises from its natural rock foundations as an uncompromising and alluring work of modernity. The original plan has been completely reconfigured to create a large and sunny entrance hall. Kitchen and dining were moved upstairs and extended with full height frameless glazing. Simple materials and colours were used throughout.”

Corinthian Club, Glasgow (£4.5million)

G1 Group (Client: G1 Group)

“The major second phase of work to this superb historic building, a decade on from the original conservation project, has created bars, restaurants, a casino, a club and lettable conference suites of real opulence. New access stairs connect the ornate ‘Tellers Hall’ and the vaulted brick basement. Simple, clean, contemporary materials serve as a foil to the building’s historic fabric.”

Dundee House (£29.85million)

Reiach and Hall Architects (Client: Dundee City Council)

“Set within a previously run down part of the city centre, this important development transforms an historic printing works into a large administration and public services building. Behind the historic façade are seven storeys of modern office space. The City Council’s new headquarters symbolises Dundee’s aspirations to celebrate its industrial heritage and create appropriate new architecture which signals its vision.”

Fore Street, Glasgow (£1.5million)

Hypostyle Architects (Client: Whiteinch + Scotstoun Housing Association)

“This new community sits within the embrace of the historic tenemental landscape. A new build 5-storey block of flats on Fore Street maintains the scale of the street. The backcourt comprises a series of 2-storey houses and cottage flats. Bright, welcoming and ingeniously woven into the existing fabric of the city, these new homes are a useful model for the future.”

Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education, Alloa Campus (£12.3million)

Reiach and Hall Architects (Client: Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education)

“Within a wooded hilltop landscape close to Alloa town centre this new college is both inviting and stimulating. It is designed to encourage social interaction between learners and staff from different disciplines. The plan responds to pragmatic issues such as flat ground (for workshops and service yard) and safe vehicle access. Embracing views to the Ochils, this is a powerfully expressive new focus for the town.”

Grödians, Lerwick (£4.5million)

Richard Gibson Architects (Client: Hjatland Housing Association)

“This carefully composed housing development, providing homes for over 100 people, combines a variety of differently sized buildings set at varying angles to the street. The use of colour contributes to the delivery of a strongly urban composition, unusual for this type of development. This careful yet engaging new addition to Shetland’s housing stock is understated but highly visually appealing, brightening the landscape and amenity of Lerwick.”

Heathfield Primary School, Ayr (£3.7million)

Holmes Miller (Client: South Ayrshire Council)

“Combining an established school with a substantial new extension was a particular challenge. The redevelopment respects the scale of the original frontage, removes the clutter to the rear and meshes the existing building with a new dining hall and external courtyard. Simple elements deliver clean, crisp, elegant lines. The contemporary architectural appearance, contrasts with, yet complements, the original building, delivering an excellent environment for nurturing young minds.”

Heriot's Centre for Sport & Exercise, Edinburgh (contract value not for publication)

LDN Architects LLP (Client George Heriot’s Trust)

“The appearance of the building belies its innovative use of timber. Set within the existing school campus, this building provides state-of-the-art accommodation. The need for large volumes demanded careful handling of the building’s mass. Studio space on the first floor links directly with the Sports Hall. The timber lining gives the main spaces visual richness and a feeling of welcome throughout.”

House at Borreraig, Skye (£470k)

Dualchas Building Design (Client: not for publication)

“This new home is deceptively simple in form, a calm, contemplative space. The external timber ensures that the building does not intrude upon its natural setting. To keep the building low it consists of three separate elements: living, bedrooms and studio. The same restraint and reliance on natural materials is evident in the uncluttered interiors of Caithness stone and oak.”

Linlithgow Burgh Halls (£3.2million)

Malcolm Fraser Architects (Client: West Lothian Council)

“This re-use of a key historic building, dating from 1668, brings new life and vitality. The halls have been revamped into community and visitor facilities – multi-use function spaces, tourist information, interpretation, café and education rooms. An airy, light-filled stair allows all elements to overlook and connect to each other with a café which flows out into the garden. Long neglected, the Burgh Halls are once more an asset for Linlithgow.”

Loch Leven Bird Hide, Fife (£34k including foundations)

Icosis Architects (Client: The Rural Access Committee for Kinross-shire)

“This small, crafted structure is part hide, part bridge and part screening. The gaps between the boards reduce wind loading and restrict visual disruption for the birds. Structure and inner faces are stained dark, emphasising the horizontality of the external boards. For a very modest budget, this building cleverly addresses the needs of human visitors. Its raw, elemental form is an appropriate foil to the natural environment.”

Maggie's Gartnavel, Glasgow (contract value not for publication)

OMA (Client: Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust)

“Maggie’s Centres provide practical and emotional support. They rely on exceptional architecture and innovative spaces to make people feel better. This single-level building, a ring of interlocking rooms, is close to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. The spaces feel casual but allow for privacy. Here the approach is about more modest external expression, embracing a courtyard garden to generate a place of gentle contemplation.”

Model 'D' House, Insch (£140k exclusive of siteworks)

Gokay Deveci Chartered Architect (Client: Sylvan Stuart Ltd. Timber Engineers and Log Construction)

“This alternative contemporary design draws upon the architectural language of traditional agricultural buildings. Large windows in the south façade take advantage of solar gain and maximise views. An external rain screen provides shading and privacy. This highly energy efficient home utilises its setting and natural daylight to radically reduce costs. The Model ‘D’ House is a model for affordable housing stock in the countryside.”

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (£47.4million)

Gareth Hoskins Architects (Client: National Museums Scotland)

“Fully accessible with a welcoming new ground floor entrance, this adaptation is sensitive and intelligent. The National Museum of Scotland, designed by Captain Francis Fowke and opened in 1866, has been adapted, altered and extended throughout its long history. This project has opened up and expanded the gallery spaces, returning the building to its original grandeur. It integrates displays and architecture for a coherent visitor experience.”

Scotsman Steps, Edinburgh (£0.5million)

McGregor Bowes + Haworth Tompkins (Client: Fruitmarket Gallery, City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh World Heritage)

“Built between 1899 and 1902, this shortcut within Scotland’s multi-layered capital was long neglected. Works included masonry repairs, new leadwork, painting of grilles, cleaning glazed bricks, new iron gates and reglazing. The steps were resurfaced by artist Martin Creed with contrasting marbles from all over the world. The long climb is enlivened by the new steps and the structure is revealed as rich in delight.”

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (£11.5million)

PagePark Architects (National Galleries of Scotland)

“This remarkable Sir Robert Rowand Anderson building had been much messed around with over the decades. The walk to the top was long and much potential gallery space was taken up by support functions. Two new openings have been created either side of the entrance vestibule, vertical circulation greatly enhanced by a large, glass lift and the remodelled entrance allows wheelchair access. This splendid restoration improves upon its original architect’s vision.”

Wester Coates House, Edinburgh (contract value not for publication)

Zone Architects (Client: not for publication)

“Set in a conservation area of Edinburgh, this new villa, on a tight site, utilises high quality natural materials and a very restrained external form to embrace high specification interiors infused with light. The stone cubic form of the house is split to allow light deep into the stairwell. The predominantly glazed south side of the building opens out to embrace the rear private garden.”

The winner of the Wood For Good/Forestry Commission Scotland Award for the Best Use of Timber was:

Model 'D' House, Insch

Gokay Deveci Chartered Architect (Client: Sylvan Stuart Ltd. Timber Engineers and Log Construction)

The Award recognises the innovation and sustainable design of this timber framed, timber clad prototype for developer housing in the countryside. It is a huge credit to both its architects and the inspired developer, Sylvan Stuart Ltd. Andy Leitch of Forestry Commission Scotland commented:

“We are delighted that this Award celebrates a truly innovative and creative use of home-grown timber.”

From the 18 RIAS 2012 winners, five projects have won RIBA Awards for Scotland. These are:

Bogbain Mill, Lochussie, by Maryburgh

Rural Design (Client: not for publication)

Dundee House (£29.85million)

Reiach and Hall Architects (Client: Dundee City Council)

Maggie's Gartnavel, Glasgow (contract value not for publication)

OMA (Client: Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust)

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (£47.4million)

Gareth Hoskins Architects (Client: National Museums Scotland)

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (£11.5million)

PagePark Architects (National Galleries of Scotland)

The shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, supported by the Doolan family and the Scottish Government (to be presented in November 2012), consists of those RIAS 2012 winners not previously shortlisted for the Doolan Award.