Voting is now open for ‘Scotstyle’ and it’s up to the public to vote for their favourite building of the past 100 years as a part of the Festival of Architecture 2016 and Scotland’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
The results will be announced at the Festival’s Finale event in November and voting will take place on the festival website www.foa2016.com/scotstyle or votes can be cast in person at the touring exhibition.
The list includes two Glasgow banks, the Bon Accord Baths in Aberdeen and Tongland Power Station in Kirkcudbright. Also on the list are a wee concrete bothy in Sutherland (known, ironically, as the Hermit's Castle) and a fashion designer's studio near Galashiels as well as buildings on Bute, Skye, Tiree and Orkney. More prominent architectural gems include the arches at the City Chambers in Glasgow, the Scottish Parliament and Stirling University.
Today (Wednesday 27 April) also sees the launch of the ‘Scotstyle: 100 years of Scottish Architecture’ book, which documents each of the 100 best buildings, ten from each decade, and gives some fascinating insights into architectural trends over the past 100 years alongside the story behind some of Scotland’s most beloved buildings. The book also celebrates the centenary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) who are curating and managing the Festival.
The nationwide touring exhibition will premiere at The Falkirk Wheel then tour across the length and breadth of Scotland at venues including; St. Conan’s Kirk on Loch Awe, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and New Lanark Heritage Centre and the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, with a debate and book signing at the Scottish Parliament during the Festival of Politics in August.
The list was selected from more than 400 nominations put forward by members of the public, with a group of architects, critics and architectural historians whittling it down to 100 properties.
Neil Baxter CEO RIAS said: “Even before it starts its tour Scotstyle 2016 can boast of being the most popular ever exhibition of Scottish architecture. The demand from venues throughout the land has been huge - so much so that three versions (sponsored by Lockton, Clyde and Co and Forestry Commission Scotland respectively) will be touring for the rest of this year to over thirty venues.”
“The exhibition and the accompanying book were only possible through the generosity and the brilliant input of our ten expert authors. This is a unique and special celebration of 100 years of Scottish achievement.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland's Director of Events said: “From textiles and technology to architecture and fashion, Scotland’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is shining a spotlight on some of Scotland’s greatest assets, as well as its unique hidden gems.”
“Scotland is world renowned for its rich, built heritage – it has buildings that make people look up and streets steeped in history. ‘Scotstyle’ presents a wonderful opportunity for the public to visit the free exhibitions taking place across the length and breadth of Scotland, whilst also being able to cast their vote in honouring some of our most treasured, innovative and iconic buildings and residences.”
Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals said: “As a partner of the Festival of Architecture, we are delighted to host the launch of the Scotstyle exhibition and book at The Falkirk Wheel. It’s fitting in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design that the Scotstyle exhibition premieres on the site of one of Scotland’s most iconic and innovative structures.”
To cast your vote, order a copy of the book and find out more about the exhibition tour, visit www.foa2016.com
ISBN- 978-1-873190-71-5 | RRP £25 |210x210mm | softback | 240pp | full colour throughout