21 June 2012
RIBA/RIAS double awards win for National Museum
Gareth Hoskins Architects transformation of the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh last night added to its tally of awards with two successes at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Architectural Awards. The £47.4 million redevelopment won an RIAS Award for Architecture at the inaugural event, and was also the recipient of one of only 5 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awards presented on the night.
The judging panel for the RIAS awards included RIAS President Sholto Humphries, Dr Anne Lorne Gillies, Scottish singer, songwriter, broadcaster, author and academic, Robert Dye of Robert Dye Associates, London and Peter Wilson, Director of the Wood Studio at Napier University. There were 71 submissions from across Scotland and the winners were selected from a shortlist of 23. Winners of the RIBA Awards make up the long list for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
The judging panel were impressed by the project, which they described as “sensitive and intelligent”. They noted that the project had “returned the building to its original grandeur. It integrates displays and architecture for a coherent visitor experience.”