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Page\Park brings "external living room" to University of Stirling

A university building by architecture studio Page\Park, which is shortlisted for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, is the focus of this video produced by Stephenson&.

It is the final film in a series published by Dezeen this month with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), spotlighting the award's 2023 shortlist ahead of the winner announcement next week.

Stephenson& guides viewers in and around the building, named Campus Central, which marries a refurbished 1970s structure with a modern extension and a landscaped forecourt.

Interior of Campus Central by Page\Park
Campus Central is up for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award

Page\Park director Ana Teresa Cristobal, one of two interviewees in the film, explained that establishing the pedestrianised space outside was key to the project as this area was previously "a really busy roundabout" inaccessible to pedestrians.

"A part of the masterplan work that we did was, first up, to try to empty this of cars and bring this beautiful room in between these two very important buildings of the campus back into use," Cristobal explained.

"This created an external living room, in which the university could do work and programme it like they would do any other room."

Another university building on this year's four-strong shortlist is the Laidlaw Music Centre at the University of St Andrews, which Flanagan Lawrence's co-founder Jason Flanagan said is designed from "the point of view of the performer".

The pair are vying against two houses, one by Ann Nisbet Studio that incorporates a ruin and another by Denizen Work that is intended to resemble an object "eroded by the weather".

The RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award is held annually to celebrate the works of Scottish architects. This year's winner will be revealed on 30 November and receive a £10,000 cash prize.