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Benson + Forsyth – Major Projects

Key Benson + Forsyth building

Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland – details further down page
Museum of Scotland
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City North, London, UK
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City North Buildings
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Finsbury Park has long been identified by the London Borough of Islington (LBI) as an area in need of regeneration. More specifically, the Council has identified the City North site adjacent to Finsbury Park Station as a key regeneration site and a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the area.

Unbuilt Buildings

Benson + Forsyth project – Scottish Parliament Competition, Edinburgh, Scotland
Parliament Competition
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Cowgatehead Library Project, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Royal College of Surgeons – New Building, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Buildings by Benson + Forsyth Architects

Beamish Museum – Visitor Centre, County Durham, northeast England
Architecture Competition – winner announcement Jun 2006

House, Islington, London [AR1251]

Maiden Lane Estate, London
1989

Monument to Time, Oshima, Japan [AR1168]

National Gallery of Ireland Extension – Millenium Wing, Dublin, Ireland

Oshima Time Temple, Oshima, Toyama Prefecture, Japan
1991-93

Victoria Transport Interchange project, London
2007-18
Wilkinson Eyre with Benson + Forsyth & Patrick Lynch

Watford FC stadium, Watford, Hertfordshire, southeast England
2007-

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Key Benson + Forsyth building

Museum of Scotland – Extension
Chambers St, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
1999

Fantastically rich assemblage of spaces/forms with references to Modernism and the immediate context of the Old Town. This is Benson + Forsyth’s first major building and was followed up by their similar Museum building in Dublin.

Museum of Scotland : Competition
Benson & Forsyth won the competition – judged by likes of Hans Hollein and Eva Jiricna – to design an extension in 1991.

The Museum of Scotland has excited much controversy, from displeasing Prince Charles at competition stage, to its exclusion from the 1999 RIBA Special Category Award Shortlist and later parachuting in to the 1999 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist, for which it received the Runner-up Award.

Numerous letters appeared in the architectural press about this situation with Alan Dunlop of Glaswegian practice Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop irritating some with his claim that the building was not world-class, and project architect Peter Wilson lambasting both Mr Dunlop and Sebastian Tombs – secretary of the RIAS and in charge of the three-person judging panel – for not giving the new Museum of Scotland more credit.

Museum of Scotland : Architecture
Architecturally much has been made of this Benson & Forsyth building relating to Edinburgh Castle, especially the Half Moon Battery, but most visitors will rarely see the two together, though a great view of Edinburgh Castle can be had on the Museum’s roof, and vice versa.

Entry is signified by the sentinel-like rotunda on the corner of Chambers Street. Benson & Forsyth have introduced a distinct architectural promenade that used to start with the potent imagery of a huge table made from a single slice of tree trunk at the base of the corner tower (now just a ‘space’).

In summary this building has stirred up the Scottish architectural scene and created much-needed creativity within Edinburgh’s often overbearingly conservative society. The building acts as a beacon – even to the many who disparage it for being over-worked – for contemporary architecture, for bravely seeking to add to Edinburgh’s legacy rather than slowly kill it by preservation.

Museum of Scotland – Building Cost: Est. £40-60m

The style of the Museum of Scotland is very evident in the slightly later building by Benson + Forsyth in Eire:
National Gallery of Ireland Millenium Wing
Clare Street, Dublin
2001

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