Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries

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Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Scotland

Local Authority Area

Fife

Information about this scheme

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries is a major new cultural centre in Dunfermline, won in competition in 2007.  The building consists of museum space, art galleries, local history reading room, children's library, café and meetings rooms alongside and integrated with the world's first Carnegie Library and former 'B' Listed bank building. The combined facility is accessed from a new walled garden and adjacent to the Abbey graveyard with the various historic buildings in the vicinity pulled into the experience of the inside of the new building by carefully placed windows. Inside the building the requirements of each space has been carefully considered with a responsive architectural solution. Views of the gardens and abbey are opened up at each level. The elaboration of the original simple planning strategy has allowed the journey through the building to be one of great enjoyment and engagement. The scheme provides a very positive experience for its users, visitors and passers-by and its civic contribution is undeniable.

Credits

Architect

Richard Murphy Architects

Architect

Richard Murphy Architects

Client

Fife Council

Client

Fife Council

Quantity Surveyor

Rider Levett Bucknall

Structural Engineer

Aecom

Services Engineer

Rybka

Main Contractor

BAM Construction

Applicant

Richard Murphy Architects

Exhibition Consultant

Redman Design

Fire Engineering

Atelier Ten

Services Engineer

Rybka

Primary Use Class

Class D1f - Public Library/Archive/Visitor Centre