Pier Arts Centre scoops top architecture prize
Orkney’s Pier Arts Centre has won the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Andrew Doolan Award.
The £4.5 million centre was up against seven other buildings, including internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid for her Maggie’s cancer centre designs.
The arts centre at Stromness pier was designed by Edinburgh design film Reiach and Hall Architects.
The winners were presented with the £25,000 award at a ceremony in the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.
Lead project architect Neil Gillespie said: ‘For us it’s an incredibly special project and reflects our enjoyment of Orkney. It was a very strong shortlist, some terrific projects, so we were nervous and didn’t think we’d win it.
‘The building itself was beautifully constructed.’
The Scottish Parliament building won the prize in 2005.