RIAS unveils shortlist for Scotland's greatest constructing of 2023

A home that includes a damage and a house clad in crushed TVs are among the many 4 buildings on this yr’s shortlist for RIAS’ Andrew Doolan Finest Constructing in Scotland award.

Two college buildings – Campus Central on the College of Stirling and Laidlaw Music Centre on the College of St Andrews – are additionally vying for the title of Scotland’s greatest constructing for 2023.

Hundred Acre Wooden has been shortlisted for RIAS Andrew Doolan Finest Constructing in Scotland. Photograph by Gilbert McCarragher

Launched in 2002, the RIAS Andrew Doolan Finest Constructing in Scotland award is held yearly by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

It goals to “showcase the distinctive expertise of architects working in Scotland right now” by discovering the most effective new constructing within the nation.

Exterior of Cuddymoss
One other home on the checklist is Cuddymoss. Photograph by David Barbour

One of many two homes shortlisted for the 2023 version is Hundred Acre Wooden, a big gray home designed by London-based studio Denizen Works overlooking Loch Awe in Argyll.

Certainly one of its most hanging options is its exterior, which is completed with recycled and crushed TV screens to supply a low-maintenance, pebbledash-like end.

The opposite home on the checklist is positioned in rural Ayrshire. Named Cuddymoss, it incorporates a stone damage.

Architect Ann Nisbet Studio complemented this current construction with a timber-clad extension that echoes its type and is hoped to mix in with the location because it greys over time.

Exterior of Campus Central
Campus Central is likely one of the two college buildings on the shortlist. Photograph by Paul Zanre

Campus Central by the studio PagePark is likely one of the two college buildings on the checklist. Positioned on the College of Stirling, it marries a brand new construct with a revamped Seventies constructing, aiming to enhance circulation on the campus and supply a welcoming entrance space.

The ultimate constructing on the 2023 shortlist is Laidlaw Music Centre, which structure studio Flanagan Lawrence created on the College of St Andrews. It comprises a sequence of rehearsal areas for skilled and pupil musicians, in addition to the area people.

Amongst its standout parts is the recital corridor, which is the primary of its sort to characteristic a totally mechanised ground and a reverberation chamber to boost acoustics.

Chair of the jury for 2023 and RSHP senior companion Tracy Meller described deciding on the shortlist as a “powerful job”.

“Whether or not unlocking a tough city problem or doing justice to a outstanding rural setting, every has an excellent relationship with its context,” she defined. “Their purchasers’ briefs couldn’t be extra totally different, and but every constructing demonstrates distinctive creativeness, ability and aptitude.”

Recital hall of Laidlaw Music Centre
Laidlaw Music Centre can be vying for the prize. Photograph by Paul Zanre

Annually, the shortlist is drawn from the winners of the 2023 RIAS Awards, which have been introduced in June. The winner will likely be introduced on 30 November and obtain a £10,000 money prize.

Alongside chair Meller, this yr’s jury consisted of RIAS president Chris Stewart and structure editor at Wallpaper* Ellie Stathaki.

Final yr’s winner was a small workplace and cafe by Moxon Architects, hidden throughout the Cairngorms Nationwide Park.

Within the lead-up to the announcement, we printed a sequence of movies by photographer Jim Stephenson documenting the shortlist, which included a sawmill customer centre and the renovation of the modernist Excessive Sunderland home.

The primary picture of Hundred Acre Wooden is by Gilbert McCarragher.