Bute buildings included in Festival of Architecture competition

Rothesay Pavilion is one of three Bute buildings included in a competition to find Scotland's favourite buildings of the past 100 years.
Rothesay Pavilion is one of three Bute buildings included in a competition to find Scotland's favourite buildings of the past 100 years.

Three Bute buildings have been included in a competition to find the country’s favourite buildings of the past 100 years.

As part of the 2016 Festival of Architecture in Scotland, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has selected the top 100 buildings of the past 100 years, nominated by the public.

People are now being invited to vote for their favourite, and it includes three Bute buildings - Rothesay Pavilion, Mount Stuart Visitors’ Centre, and the Winter Garden Pavilion.

Rothesay Pavilion is owned by Argyll and Bute Council and is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment to preserve its Grade A listed, Art Deco splendour.

Described by the RIAS as ‘an experience of stylish, modern seaside elegance to rival anything in Europe,’ it was designed by J and JA Carrick and opened in 1938.

Mount Stuart Visitors’ Centre, built by Munkenbeck and Marshall in 2001, is described as ‘bold architecture’ and includes a ticket office, gallery, audio-visual facilities, toilets and a restaurant.

The Winter Garden Pavilion, built by Alexander Stephen and Walter MacFarlane & Co. in 1924, was formed from an octagonal bandstand which stood on the promenade, and is described as an “exciting example of seaside architectural flamboyance”.

The Festival of Architecture is a major, year-long celebration led by the RIAS. It brings Scottish architecture to life and is a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The winner will be announced at the Festival of Architecture Finale on November 18, 2016.

* To vote for your favourite building, click here.