Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries named Scotland’s Best Building

  • 'Cluster Relief' (Dunfermline Remnant) by Toby Paterson at the Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries has been named Scotland’s Best Building 2017. The building, designed by Richard Murphy Architects, has been awarded the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s (RIAS) Andrew Doolan Prize. Contained in the building is a public art commission produced by Ginkgo Projects with artist Toby Paterson for Fife Council.

‘Cluster Relief’ (Dunfermline Remnant)is a sculptural aluminium relief as part of a series of public artworks made especially for Dunfermline’s Town Centre by the artist from 2014-16. The colour palette has been developed to reflect both its surroundings within the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries and the artist’s experiences of exploring Dunfermline’s streets and buildings. Toby Paterson frequently works outside the context of conventional galleries, an approach that reflects the inspiration he finds in the built environments that surround us.

Dunfermline Library was chosen as the winner of the Andrew Doolan prize from a shortlist of 12 projects, which Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop described as an illustration of ‘the continuing excellence of new architecture in Scotland’. She added ‘the quality of the winner and of all the shortlisted projects illustrates that we are building a future heritage in Scotland that we can be truly proud of’.

The judges for the award were Stewart Henderson, RIAS president, Prof Sue Roaf, retired professor of architectural engineering at Heriot-Watt University, and Susie Stirling from the Scottish government’s planning & architecture department.

Source: BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-41900443

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