A Year of Innovation

2016 is the year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in Scotland. A number of events will take place throughout the year to celebrate Scotland’s achievements in creating world changing innovations, bold architecture and designs.


During the late 19th century Glasgow School of Art was seen as one of the leading art institute’s in Europe, its reputation in architecture and the decorative arts had reached an all time high. This success was partly credited to Charles Rennie Mackintosh one of Scotland’s most famous architect and designer.

The Glasgow Herald newspaper office was Mackintosh’s first public commission. The building was renovated and reopened as The lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.

More recently Gareth Hoskins was one of Scotland’s finest architects, he was known for creating innovative designs by pushing the boundaries and developed new ways of serving the public with great architecture. Some of his projects include: World Museum in Vienna, the redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland and Scottish National Gallery. Unfortunately Gareth passed away in January and has left a large hole in Scottish architecture.

National Museum of Scotland by Hoskins Architects

Below are selected projects from the RIAS 2015 award winners the designs represent the very best of current Scottish architecture:

Arcadia Nursery, Edinburgh designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects. This project has won the following awards: RIBA award for Scotland 2015, Zero waste Scotland resource efficiency award 2015 and wood for good/forestry commission Scotland award for the best use of timber 2015.

“Three playrooms are linked together by a single-storey building, with a large roof light offering views up to the tree canopy. A first floor area contains offices, staff and family rooms. Each of the playrooms opens out to a covered terrace.The timber structure provides the perfect combination of warm, tactile, welcoming interior, whilst also being a natural, sustainable material.”

Redevelopment of the Theatre Royal Glasgow by Page Park Architects . “Creating a welcoming entrance foyer and embracing a dramatic, sinuous stair, this new structure boldly signposts Scottish Opera’s HQ. “Street to seat” was the ethos, with the client wanting to literally “open up” theatre and opera as art forms. By providing a welcoming entrance, addressing the street corner, the theatre experience has been “democratised”.”
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, by PagePark Architects. Photograph by Andrew Lee

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire, Airdrie by Reiach and Hall Architects.

“This building offers a respite from the clinical atmosphere and built form of the nearby hospital. Visitors enter a quiet arrival court, defined by low brick walls and two lime trees. A sense of dignity and calm prevails. External courts catch sunlight within sheltered “sitooteries.” This modest building gathers a sequence of domestic-scaled, contemplative spaces.”

Maggie's Lanarkshire, Airdrie, by Reiach and Hall Architects. Photograph by David Grandorge

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