More by Benson & Forsyth
© mimoa
More archive projects
© mimoa© mimoa© mimoa
More museum projects
© mimoa© mimoa© mimoa
More projects in Edinburgh
© mimoa© mimoa
More from Scozia
© mimoa© mimoa© mimoa

National Museum of Scotland

2 ratings
log in to rate!
Benson & Forsyth
location Edinburgh
function archive, museum
contributed by Scozia

The National Museum of Scotland looks like a fortress and to an extent it is. It has a perimeter wall protecting a higher central keep - a device to relate both to the high existing Royal Museum to one side on Chambers Street, and the lower buildings of Greyfriars on the other. It is clad in thick, beautifully-dressed blocks of glowing Scottish sandstone. Its great fat walls are punched with apertures, ranging from huge windows with heavy stone mullions to tiny arrow-slits and pinprick holes. It sits on the line of the old city wall. It has a cylindrical, freestanding bastion, set right on an important street intersection, that acts as the main entrance. The museum is made up of geometric, Corbusian forms, but also has numerous references to Scotland, such as brochs and castellated, defensive, architecture. Exposed red steel in the interior alludes to the nation's industrial heritage and the nearby Forth rail bridge, which can be seen from the museum's roof terrace.

Arti-Fact says:
Street view of this building
Amsterdam, Netherlands 17-Dec-12
peteshep says:
Also here, on flickr, with further links:
PS :-)

Auckland, New Zealand 28-Jan-10
peteshep says:
Also here, on flickr, with further links:
PS :-)

Auckland, New Zealand 28-Jan-10
We prefer you log in when posting a comment.
No MIMOA account? Register here!
You can ad links, video's and even use some HTML!
show all projects
full size map
National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street 1
United Kingdom
Found incorrect or incomplete information?
Let us know! Have better images?
Email them to us