Designs On Display

When choosing the winning designers of the Holyrood Building the Selection Panel took into consideration amongst other factors, the Design Team's conceptual ideas for designing a building on the Holyrood site.

Visions behind the design

In forming ideas for the new Scottish Parliament building, Enric Miralles explored ideas and symbols associated with a Scottish Parliament, concepts that were fundamental to the development of the design. His overall concept for the building at Holyrood focussed on the relationship between the Parliament and the landscape. The integral relationship between the building, its immediate surroundings, Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags, has been admired by many who have visited the complex.

View the full concept design (pdf 11MB).

September 1998 - Outline of design proposals

In September 1998, the Design Team of Enric Miralles, Benedetta Tagliabue and RMJM Ltd (EMBT/RMJM) presented an outline of their design proposals to the selection panel and the Secretary of State for Scotland.

October 1998 - Sketch designs on public display

The Design Team developed their conceptual ideas following their appointment and in October 1998 presented sketch designs which were displayed publicly across Scotland. At this stage, the general aims of the design process were to outline the main aspects of the design, including the zoning and key adjacencies of the various elements of the Parliament complex, establishing the location of entrances and circulation routes. View the sketch designs (471 KB pdf).

March 1999 - Detailed designs presented

The Team refined and developed their sketch designs between October 1998 and March 1999. A presentation of the final scheme design was made to the Secretary of State for Scotland and other Selection Panel members at the end of March 1999. This gave details of the development of the design and considered the appropriate building materials to be used in the construction of the building.

April 1999 - Final designs on public display

On 12 April 1999, a public display of the final scheme design was launched at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.