About The Parliament Building

Scotland's Parliament sits at the foot of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile in front of the spectacular Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags. Constructed from a mixture of steel, oak, and granite, the complex building was hailed on opening as one of the most innovative designs in Britain today.

Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, the flower paintings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the upturned boats on the seashore, Enric Miralles, one of the world's premier architects, developed a design that he said was a building "growing out of the land".

A view of the Garden Lobby and Committee Towers from the MSP Block

Parliamentary Buildings

Find out about the design of each of the buildings and their external features. You can also find out about the extensive collection of artwork and the sustainability of the buildings

Cannongate Building

Project History

Information about the Scottish Parliament building project