Having worked in the Scottish Parliament I can vouch that this building is more spectacular in than out. A-symetrical corridors, ornate detail, views of Arthurs' Seat, beautiful granit flooring, shiny wood furnishings and an impressive Garden Lobby (which seems to be filled with sunlight even on a cloudy day), this building is a must-see. Get a tour if you can.
Very pleasant security staff and badly designed toilets.
I was disappointed when I first saw the building. 'Is it the Parliament?', I asked my friend staring in disbelief at the weird architecture. I have always imagined Parliament buildings to be somewhat grandiose. One of my friends on her first visit to Edinburgh wasn't impressed either and said that the outside decoration reminded her of guns. One can employ a lot of imagination when trying to decipher the art deco construction of the Spanish architect, however, when I had the chance to enter the building I was really impressed by the amount of light coming into the Chamber room and must say that I really liked the building inside more than its outside image.
Opened in October 2004, the Scottish Parliament Building has been the topic of much debate and controversy. Costing more than ten times the initial budget and opening three years later than scheduled, it prompted a major public enquiry into its construction. Its location was questioned from the outset, as was the choice of architect and design. Despite these issues, the building as attracted much international acclaim and won numerous awards, including the Stirling Prize, one of the most important British architectural awards. Guided tours a regularly run through this complex and fascinating building, and are defiantly worth while. The Canongate Wall, situated outside the building as you walk up Canongate, has numerous quotes from celebrated Scots writers and poets inscribed in stones set into the wall. A slow stroll past is a great way to finish off a days exploration of Scottish politics, architecture and identity.
an interesting building to view both inside and outside. very airy and bright and a must see even only for curiosity to see
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