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Ferry shelter wins building prize
An Turas on the island of Tiree
An Turas was praised for reflecting the island
A unique ferry shelter on the island of Tiree has been voted the "Best Building in Scotland" in a competition run by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Five entries were on the shortlist, with An Turas receiving 25,000, one of the world's largest prizes for a building award.

The judging panel spent three days visiting the finalists, who were chosen as the best examples of new building design in Scotland.

They ranged from a 30m hotel in the centre of Glasgow to a pair of mews homes in Edinburgh.

Have a look at the entries that made the shortlist

Building projects of all sizes and types were eligible but had to demonstrate "innovation, design excellence and competition".

Other factors for the judges were the detailing of materials, sustainable design, technical ability and aesthetic appeal.

Revealing the judges' choice, Professor Andy MacMillan, of RIAS, said: "Poetically named An Turas, A Journey, it is small, simple and sophisticated, reticent, refined and rigorous, a modern interpretation of the gazebo and a stunning architectural experience.

"Not a shelter, but a place in which to experience Tiree, the big sky, the undending wind and water, the beauty of the island and its squalor.

"A place of subtle insight, poetically conceived, stunning in import, immaculately constructed."

The building was funded by the Scottish Arts Council and created by Sutherland Hussey Architects along with Jake Harvey, Glen Onwin, Donald Urquhart and Sandra Kennedy.

We're really happy, we're ecstatic, its fantastic for us as an architectural practice to get this profile just six years after we set up
Charlie Sutherland
Sutherland Hussey Architects
Brian Milne, chairman of the Tiree Art Enterprises public body and the client for the winner said he had received a lot of opposition to the project.

He said: "It was very political, It was difficult because the island wanted to get a new rural centre and a new public hall but they didn't have funding for it.

"Some people misguidedly thought that the money spent on the project could have been transferred to those other projects.

"We want a positive attitude to the 21st century and why shouldn't we benefit from new architecture just because we live on an island?"

'Wonderfully imaginative'

Charlie Sutherland, of Sutherland Hussey Architects in Leith, said: "We're really happy, we're ecstatic, its fantastic for us as an architectural practice to get this profile just six years after we set up."

Culture Minister Frank McAveety described the shelter as "a wonderfully imaginative example of how art, architecture and landscape can be combined to reflect the spirit of a place".

The 100,000 project, aimed at combining architecture, art and engineering, was completed in March 2003.

The judges for the award, now in its second year, were Professor MacMillan OBE, emeritus professor, Mackintosh School of Architecture; Andrew Doolan, Andrew Doolan Architects, Edinburgh; Julia Barfield MBE, Marks Barfield Architects, London, and Irene Barkley, Hackland and Dore Architects, Edinburgh.

The award was presented at a ceremony in the Point Conference Centre in Edinburgh.

Pauline Maclean reports
"This simple little building picks up one nomination after another."

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