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Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland reveals 2015 awards shortlist

An Edinburgh roof extension, a house that cantilevers across a beach and Steven Holl's new wing for the Glasgow School of Art are among the projects shortlisted for Scotland's national architecture awards (+ slideshow).

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced 24 nominees for its annual awards, which will be announced at an event in Edinburgh on 17 June.

Other projects recognised include a new auditorium for the 1930s-built Glasgow Film Theatre by NORD Architecture, a Maggie's Centre for cancer care in Lanarkshire by Reiach and Hall Architects, and a Scotch whisky distillery by Archial Norr.

"It is a huge credit to the profession in Scotland that, despite sometimes savage cost cutting, the remarkable work illustrated in this shortlist is still being produced," said RIAS secretary Neil Baxter.

The judging panel, which included architects Julia Barfield and Hugh Dutton, will now visit all 24 projects before selecting the overall winners of the RIAS/RIBA Awards 2015. All 24 projects will be eligible for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award, recognising the best new building in Scotland, as well as the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best contribution to British architecture in 2015.

Read the judges' citations for each project:

Arcadia Nursery, Edinburgh, by Malcolm Fraser Architects

Arcadia Nursery, Edinburgh, by Malcolm Fraser Architects
Photograph by Angus Bremner

"Designed to encourage play and nurture creativity, this delight-filled children's nursery provides three, linked, playrooms each accessing a covered terrace."

Beach House, Morar, by Dualchas Architects

Beach House, Morar, by Dualchas Architects
Photograph by Andrew Lee

"This house takes maximum advantage of its coastal setting, its calm austerity and robust form appropriate in this elemental landscape."

Bonnington House, by Benjamin Tindall Architects

Bonnington House, by Benjamin Tindall Architects

"Two new wings designed to complement the original extend this A Listed house to create an impressive family home."

Burns Wynd, Maybole, by Austin-Smith:Lord

Burns Wynd, Maybole, by Austin-Smith:Lord
Photograph by Roan Rutherford

"The slope of the site is cleverly exploited within the deep plans of these new homes, allowing each a sheltered garden."

Dalmunach Distillery, Moray, by Archial Norr

Dalmunach Distillery, Moray, by Archial Norr

"Elegantly addressing the functional requirements of a contemporary distillery, this building also draws upon the rich history of such buildings."

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: Bill Scott Sculpture Centre and Creative Laboratories, by Sutherland Hussey Architects


"Restrained and appropriately sculptural, this important new facility greatly enhances both the local area and Edinburgh's cultural attraction."

Glasgow Film Theatre - Cinema 3, by NORD Architecture

Photograph by Dapple Photography

"Carefully inserted within the historic fabric, this third screen is respectful to the materials and form of the much loved original."

Highland Steading, by Marcus Lee and Cameron Webster Architects


"Commanding long views, the building adapts an existing steading to create luxurious living with service accommodation onto the rear courtyard."

House at Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh, by Richard Murphy Architects


"This subtle extension greatly improves the house's connection with its site and creates welcoming and comfortable family accommodation."

JM Architects Glasgow Studio, by JM Architects

Photograph by Gillian Hayes
Photograph by Gillian Hayes

"Quite literally putting architecture onto the street, this new shop/office simultaneously accommodates the practice and promotes its work."

Lamb's House, Edinburgh, by Groves-Raines Architects

Photograph by Murdo McDermid

"This rare survivor has been carefully restored from near dereliction and returned to its original usage, accommodating a business and home."

Laurieston Transformational Area, Glasgow, by Page\Park Architects and Elder and Cannon Architects

Photograph by Andrew Lee

"Reinterpreting the traditional Glasgow tenement, these blocks, fittingly urban in scale, provide high quality homes close to the heart of the city."

Maggie's Lanarkshire, Airdrie, by Reiach and Hall Architects

Reiach and Hall Architects Maggies-Centre-Lanarkshire-by-Reiach-and-Hall_dezeen_468_4
Photograph by David Grandorge

"A respite from the clinical atmosphere and built form of the nearby hospital, this is a place of relaxation and contemplation."

Mid Rock House, Elie, by WT Architecture

Photograph by David Barbour

"Cleverly scaled to the existing vernacular, this is contemporary beach-side architecture, utilising a limited materials palette in seductively simple forms."

The Mill, Southside Steading, Peebles, by WT Architecture

Photograph by Andrew Lee

"A new timber home has been inserted within the existing walls, retaining much historic character while creating a well-lit contemporary dwelling."

Penicuik House, Midlothian, by Simpson and Brown Architects


"An enduring reminder of the Scottish Enlightenment, this consolidation of one of Scotland's most important historic houses has taken twenty years."

Regency Dormer, Edinburgh, by Konishi Gaffney Architects

Photograph by Alan Craigie

"Challenging more conventional and traditional approaches, this low profile dormer window, elegantly detailed, transforms the home, setting new standards."

Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art, by Steven Holl Architects with JMArchitects

Photograph by Iwan Baan
Photograph by Iwan Baan

"A building of extraordinary rigour was required as a foil to Mackintosh's masterpiece, eschewing pastiche it nods respectfully to its neighbour."

Rosefield, Edinburgh, by A449

Photograph by Matthew Johnson

"Respecting the utilitarian aesthetic of this former stable/coach house, this adaptation utilises a restrained palette to create a new family home."

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, by Malcolm Fraser Architects

Photograph by Dapple Photography
Photograph by Dapple Photography

"Former industrial spaces now provide flexible rehearsal rooms alongside larger, new-build, multi-purpose spaces, greatly enhancing the facilities of the Conservatoire."

The Shields Centre, Glasgow, by Anderson Bell + Christie Architects

Photograph by Keith Hunter
Photograph by Keith Hunter

"Combining two medical practices with other social service provision, this building signals its presence with a brick-classical colonnade onto the street."

Speirs Centre, Alloa, by LDN Architects


"Adapting an impressive Victorian public baths and gym with an uncompromisingly new extension delivers important new community facilities and offices."

Theatre Royal, Glasgow, by Page\Park Architects

Photograph by Andrew Lee
Photograph by Andrew Lee

"Creating a welcoming entrance foyer and embracing a sinuous stair, this new structure also boldly signposts Scottish Opera's HQ."

West Burn Lane, St Andrews, by Sutherland Hussey Architects


"Following St Andrews' historic 'rigg' pattern, this new development is gracefully inserted within one of Scotland's most historic urban environments."