Architecture

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

Stylish accommodation at Tinhouse, Isle of Skye

Tinhouse is a unique holiday cottage for two, located  in North West Skye. Designed, self-built and managed by the two of the directors of Skye-based Rural Design Architects, Alan Dickson and Gill Smith, the house was featured on Grand Designs. Prices range from £795 for a week in winter to £1045 for a week in summer.    

Breathing life back into Bannockburn House

by Caroline Copeland   When Bannockburn House was put up for sale at the beginning of this year, the local Community Council was quick to approach the owner with the idea of opening the house up to the local community. An open day was proposed, and for the first time in living memory, the people of Bannockburn were to be able to see the inside of the house. Steeped in

Blueprint Pecha Kucha at Fire Station on 7 September

Come along and hear a series of fascinating, lightning-fast presentations at an architecture-themed Pecha Kucha evening at Fire Station Creative on Wednesday 7 September. This event, which is being curated by Create in Fife, is the second event in the Blueprint Dunfermline programme which aims to celebrate the architecture and built environment of Dunfermline and West Fife. A superb range of speakers will share their stories with the public in

Blueprint Dunfermline launches!

Blueprint Dunfermline, a community-led celebration of architecture and the built environment in Dunfermline and West Fife, launches on Friday 2 September and will run until the middle of 2017. We are proud to say that Avocado Sweet is leading a consortium of local groups to deliver this unique initiative. It is the kind of programme that more usually a city would stage, often centred around the opening of a grand,