Pavilion could be best in Scotland

Rothesay Pavilion faces the public vote
Rothesay Pavilion faces the public vote

Rothesay Pavilion has been named as one of the top 10 Scottish buildings of the last 100 years.

Now the public are being asked to vote for the best building – and the winner will be announced in November.

Last year the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) listed the 100 best buildings of the last century as part of the celebrations to mark the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The Pavilion is one of three Bute buildings that made that list of 100 buildings and the public has been voting for their favourites this year.

Also on the list were the 1924 Winter Gardens Pavilion and Mount Stuart Visitors Centre from 2001.

The 10 favourite buildings were revealed on Friday at a special event at the Scottish Parliament.

Commenting on the 10 favourite buildings, Neil Baxter, RIAS Secretary and co-editor of Scotstyle, said: “This brilliant list testifies to the extraordinary quality of Scotland’s buildings.

“The fact that so many are relatively recent demonstrates that our national architecture is in very good health. We have much to celebrate.”

All three Bute buildings feature in the Scotstyle exhibition, now touring Scotland, and the accompanying book.

The Argyle Street Pavilion was designed by award-winning architect James Carrick – winner of a 1936 design competition and completed in 1938.

The RIAS say the pavilion gave Glasgow holidaymakers at the end of the 1930s “an experience of stylish, modern seaside elegance to rival anything in Europe.”

In its lifetime the Pavilion has played host to events as diverse as grand balls and parties, concerts and conferences, weddings and sports, beauty pageants and political events.

Since last year the Pavilion has been undergoing a multi-million pound restoration, which will take more than two years to complete, to to preserve its Grade A listed, Art Deco splendour.

The reopening of the Pavilion is planned for the summer of 2018 – just in time to celebrate Rothesay Pavilion’s 80th anniversary.

To cast your vote for Rothesay Pavilionto be named best building of the last 100 years, and find out more about the exhibition tour, visit