Three Scottish buildings among 2023 RIBA National Awards winners

Three Scottish buildings among 2023 RIBA National Awards winners

Three Scottish buildings – in Ayrshire, Argyll and Bute and Fife – are among the 30 winners of the 2023 RIBA National Awards for architecture.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has presented the awards since 1966 to recognise the UK’s best new buildings and provide insight into the country’s architecture, design and social trends.

The Scottish winners and their descriptions are:

  • Cuddymoss, Ann Nisbet Studio (Ayrshire, Scotland): New home built inside and around a 200 year-old ruined building, previously used to house people and cattle. A simple timber-clad second building, connects to the ruin by a glazed link and provides additional space bringing the building gently back to life as a beautiful home.

  • Hundred Acre Wood, Denizen Works (Argyll and Bute, Scotland): Set within a stunning landscape overlooking Loch Awe, this new build family home is clad in recycled TV screens and features a central hall space designed to accommodate an 18-ft Christmas tree. Architect and client conversations focused on the history of Scottish architecture and inspiration was drawn from the sculptural works of Eduardo Chillida, which evoke the sense of a carved solid mass.

  • Laidlaw Music Centre by University of St Andrews, Flanagan Lawrence (Fife, Scotland): This is a considerate and well composed addition to the city’s ancient centre, complementing its listed neighbours. Alongside the suite of rehearsal and practice spaces contained within the building, the main performance space incorporates two world firsts for a chamber hall: a fully mechanised floor beneath it and a reverberation chamber above.

Commenting on the winning projects, RIBA president Simon Allford said: “At this time, when building collaboratively and working towards a sustainable future are paramount, the 2023 RIBA National Award winners offer a rich source of inspiration. Each project looks, in its own way, to address both its client brief and the wider role architecture can play in serving society.

“Among the winners are a number of projects that offer a model for an architecture that is more widely responsible. These buildings intelligently illustrate the potential of well-designed spaces to bring people together and, ultimately, architecture’s power to change our world for the better.

“Our awards are a marker of progressive excellence in sustainable design, very much aligned with our wider commitment to a low carbon future. These are examples of forward thinking and ingenuity that raise the bar for us all.”

The full list of winners can be found on the RIBA website.

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