The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh (2005)
The interiors are impressive, with some of the spaces becoming real gems in terms of internal public spaces: the crypt-like entrance hall, the committee rooms, the monastic members’ offices and above all the chamber, which imbued a fledgling parliament with a sense of the country’s long history. The list of admirable achievements is a long one and the ability of both the design and construction teams to realise a building of this complexity was truly remarkable.
The building is a statement of sparkling excellence. On the Memory Wall a statements reads, ‘Say little and say it well’. This building says a lot, but it definitely says it well.
Judge Piers Gough said, ‘…This is a passionate industry, where the architects bring to it poetry, beauty, magnificence and that’s of course what the Scottish Parliament has’.
Architect: EMBT / RMJM Ltd
Client: The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body
Structural Engineer: Arup