Richard Murphy takes Dunfermline museum

Richard Murphy Architects has won the competition to design the new Dunfermline museum and art gallery which will be located in the city's heritage quarter.The decision by Fife Council and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is seen faintly controversial, as the clear favourite amongst those who had seen all the short-listed designs was a stunning and imaginative use of a difficult site by Reiach and Hall.

However, the judges felt that the design concept by Richard Murphy Architects was the "most convincing" of the six shortlisted submissions..

Over 1300 people visited to Dunfermline's Carnegie Library during June to view the exhibition of six "grand designs". There's been a great deal of interest shown in the project by local people, visitors to the city, and the architectural world.

The six architects rose to the challenge of designing a new building which would complement and enhance the historic heritage quarter of Dunfermline. At the beginning of the competition, all the architects visited Dunfermline for a tour of the historic sites and a viewing of the Museum Service's collections. The themes of royalty and Dunfermline's industrial heritage were recreated by some of the designers in the fabric of their proposed buildings.

The winning scheme displays cleverness and sophistication with superb potential for the gallery spaces and controlled long views out into the cityscape. The concept proposes a hinged or inset façade for the entrance on Abbot Street..

The shortlisted architects were:

Malcolm Fraser, Gareth Hoskins, Make, Richard Murphy, Reiach & Hall, Page\Park

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