Kirkcaldy Town House in list of 100 best buildings in Scotland

Town House, Kirkcaldy.
Town House, Kirkcaldy.

Kirkcaldy’s famous centre of local government has been judged as one of the leading examples of Scottish architecture from the last 100 years.

The Town House has been put forward among the best of buildings by experts from the Royal Incorporation of Architects from Scotland (RIAS).

The public will be asked in 2016 to select their favourite from a list of 100 being compiled by RIAS, from 1916 to the present day.

Kirkcaldy Town House is a Scandinavian-influenced building in Wemyssfield which serves as one of Fife Council’s main headquarters in the central part of the region.

It was opened in 1956, nearly two decades after it was inspired by a competition-winning design from Edinburgh architects David Carr and William Howard.

It was decided to relocate the previous Town House from the High Street in the mid-1930s and the building was completed in two phases.

It served as the base for the former Kirkcaldy Town Council and Kirkcaldy District Council, succeeded by the single Fife Council authority from 1996.

Fife boasts four examples of architecture in the final 100 starting chronologically with the Dutch Village in St Andrews, which was built in 1920, St Paul’s RC Church in Glenrothes built in 1956 and infamous architect James Stirling’s 1978 Andrew Melville Halls at the University of St Andrews.

The public vote forms part of the Festival of Architecture, which takes place from March to October, and a new exhibition, Scotstyle, will tour the country and tell the story of the 100 buildings.

David Dunbar, Festival chairman, said: “The great architecture of the last century will hopefully engage people and get them more interested in looking at the buildings around them.

“It will be exciting to see which building is eventually revealed as the best of the century.”