'Tent' among 12 Scottish architecture award winners

Ghost of Water Row The Ghost of Water Row in Govan was described as a fleeting pavilion designed to appear in the dark and disappear again by daylight

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A structure which existed for just one night is one of 12 new buildings to be named the best in Scotland.

The Ghost of Water Row, designed to recall Govan's weaving trade, won the accolade along with projects including Aberdeen University's £30m library and a turf-roofed house on Skye.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) awards recognise architectural achievement in Scotland.

All 12 will now compete for the Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

Iain Connelly, President of the RIAS, said: "The 75 submissions from throughout Scotland, ranging in cost from zero to over £30m is a tremendous vote of confidence.

"It absolutely confirms that this award, in only its second year, is now the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland."

Mareel, Lerwick Mareel, Lerwick - Gareth Hoskins Architects (Client: Shetland Arts Development Agency)
The Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, Edinburgh The Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, Edinburgh - Simpson & Brown Architects (Client: The Order of Preachers)
House, Lenzie House, Lenzie - cameronwebster architects (Client: Ms Marion Venman)
Dunfermline High School Dunfermline High School - Fife Council Property Services (Client: Fife Council Education Service)
The Turf House, Isle of Skye The Turf House, Isle of Skye - Rural Design (Client: Indi and Rebecca Waterstone)
The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock - LDN Architects (Client: Greenock Arts Guild)
Ghost of Water Row Ghost of Water Row, Govan - Edo Architecture
WASPS South Block, Glasgow WASPS South Block, Glasgow - NORD Architecture (Client: Wasps Creative Industries CIC)
Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education - Stirling Campus Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education, Stirling Campus -Reiach and Hall Architects (Client: Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education)
The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen - Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (Client: University of Aberdeen)
4 Linsiadar, Isle of Lewis 4 Linsiadar, Isle of Lewis - studioKAP (Client: Ms Margrit Macleod)
Thomas Telford Parliamentary Church Berneray Thomas Telford Parliamentary Church Berneray - Patience & Highmore Architects (Client: Keith and Sheenagh McIntyre)

In contrast to the Ghost of Water Row, described as a fleeting pavilion designed to appear in the dark and disappear again by daylight, the Sir Duncan Rice Library in Aberdeen was conceived to mark the ice and light of the north.

RIAS Awards 2013 winners (alphabetical order)

  • The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock - LDN Architects
  • The Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, Edinburgh - Simpson & Brown Architects
  • Dunfermline High School - Fife Council Property Services
  • Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education Stirling Campus - Reiach and Hall Architects
  • Ghost of Water Row - Edo Architecture
  • House, Lenzie - cameronwebster architects
  • 4 Linsiadar, Isle of Lewis - studioKAP
  • Mareel, Lerwick - Gareth Hoskins Architects
  • The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen - Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Thomas Telford Parliamentary Church Berneray - Patience & Highmore Architects
  • The Turf House, Isle of Skye - Rural Design
  • WASPS South Block, Glasgow - NORD Architecture

And while Edinburgh University's Chapel of Saint Albert the Great was built in the small garden plot of a townhouse, Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education sits in an expansive landscape setting.

Other public buildings among the winners were The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock, Shetlands Mareel arts centre and Dunfermline High School.

A number of private homes were awarded, including the reworking of a 1970s house in Lenzie, a former croft on the Isle of Lewis, and a converted church on the remote island of Berneray.

The RIAS teamed up with Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good, as well as Historic Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland, to create three sub-category awards.

Dunfermline High School was also recognised for its resource efficiency, while fellow winner WASPS South Block won the conservation and climate change award.

The winner for the best use of timber went to Abbotsford Visitor Reception Building in Melrose, designed by LDN Architects.

The RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award is to be presented on 7 November 2013 at the Scottish Parliament.

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