Architecture

Watch live theatre performed in Dunfermline’s Royal Palace Ruins and Abbey

Could there be a more authentic and atmospheric setting for an adaptation of Macbeth than Dunfermline’s Abbey Nave and ruined Royal Palace? Heard No More, a highly imaginative, 21st century response to the Shakespeare play, has been created by Fife College Performing Arts and Sound Production students and is one of the first events of its kind to take place in Scotland. The audience absorbs the performance via headphones as they

An Audience with Richard Murphy at the Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

‘An Audience with Richard Murphy’ on Monday 8 May should be an interesting event. The award-winning architect responsible for the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries will be giving a personal insight on designing this innovative building before it opens to the public on 18 May. Last month DCLG won Best Building 2017 at the Edinburgh Architectural Association awards, coming first out of 57 entries. There will be an opportunity

Dunfermline architecture inspires textile exhibition

From 5-30 April, Fire Station Creative’s own in house textile designer, Claire Christie, will display her latest work in their cafe in celebration of local architecture. ‘My studio here at the Fire Station Creative looks out over the rooftops of Dunfermline and it has been this skyline, its patterns, shapes and rhythms that have inspired this new collection of printed textiles.’ says Claire who studied printed textiles and surface pattern

Award-winning house design in Elie, Fife

This beautiful, award-winning house in Elie is designed by South Queensferry based WT Architecture. It replaced an existing bungalow and the building is designed to make the most of the views towards the coastal lighthouse and across the Firth of Forth. An open plan living space links the two storey main house to the smaller bothy accommodation. Photos by David Barbour

Behind the scenes at the museum: an early look inside Dunfermline’s new landmark

There will be many better images to come of this fantastic new addition to Dunfermline’s cultural landscape, but we thought our readers would like an early glimpse of the interior of the Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries which is due to open in May 2017. As Kevan McLaughlin, Fife Council Property Services Technical Adviser and council Project Management for DCL&G, said at today’s media tour, ‘The journey to create a bespoke

Bennet House, Culross: historic building open for tours

Having been unoccupied for twenty years, Bennet House, a small domestic dwelling of historic and vernacular importance in Culross, was in a sorry state. Luckily the Little Houses Improvement Scheme (LHIS), the National Trust Scotland’s in-house building preservation trust, was able to purchase it to safeguard its future: Bennet House is now a study house with regular hard hat tours available to the public. Throughout the conservation process, the public

The White House, Isle of Coll

Not a white pillar in sight at this White House.  The drama in this building is seen in the dramatic cleft gable wall, which WT Architecture cleverly kept when they restored the ruins on the Isle of Coll in the Hebrides. The South Queensferry-based practice has won a number of accolades including a RIBA award for this project. One of the earliest records of the White House was a visit by Boswell

New wedding venue, Windmill Barn, near Dunfermline, Fife

New barn wedding venue, Crombie Point, near Dunfermline, Fife As anyone who has tried to organise a wedding will tell you; a whirlwind romance is a non-starter as far as venues are concerned. With venues booked ahead for one, two and even three years it was good news for Fife nuptials that Windmill Barn Events at Crombie Point, near Dunfermline opened their doors to weddings in summer 2016. The new

School pupils design their own outdoor classroom

Children will be the architects, landscape designers and clients for their own outdoor classroom in Dunfermline this spring.  James Daw from Sam Foster Architects and Paul Morsley from Iglu Studio, landscape design will help the Primary 7 pupils from Commercial and St Margaret’s to build the classroom in the nearby woods which are used by both schools. At the launch at the end of September, James explained that,  as the

Fife’s thatched buildings: new survey published and a thatched cottage goes on sale

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Scotland has just published a photographic survey of thatched buildings in Scotland. The report shows that Fife is the area with the fifth highest number of thatched buildings behind the Western Isles, Highlands, Argyll and Perth. It shows too that most of the Kingdom’s thatch is to be found around Collessie, Auchtermuchty and Cupar. Coincidentally, a gorgeous, ‘chocolate-box’ thatched cottage (above) in