Brodie Castle visitor centre is amongst Scotland’s best buildings

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The Playful Garden Visitor Centre at Brodie Castle
The Playful Garden Visitor Centre at Brodie Castle has been shortlisted as one of the best buildings in Scotland. Pic: Marc Hindley

A building at the recently-opened Playful Garden in the grounds of Brodie Castle has reached the shortlist of the best buildings in Scotland in an upcoming award for architecture.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced a shortlist of 19 properties for its 2019 awards which includes the new visitor centre at the historic 13th century castle, owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

Designed by Hoskins Architects, the £1.2 million Playful Garden and Visitor Centre opened at Easter 2018, and the building contains three rooms in its single-storey length – a shop, cafe and soft playroom.

Externally it is clad with rough-sawn Siberian larch and roofed will mill-finished aluminium profiled sheeting, while inside, the dark grey quarry tiled floors contrast with the white walls and ceiling.

Judging will take place at the end of April with the RIAS Awards Winners being announced at a dinner at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on 30th May.

President of the RIAS, Robin Webster OBE, commented: “This [shortlist] is an impressive list of buildings that all show the ambitious level of excellence that architects and their clients can achieve, and I hope that communities, government and local authorities, along with everyone else who needs to procure buildings will look at these examples and ensure that their ambitions match them. Our awards celebrate the very best that is being built in Scotland.”