COMMENT – The Scottish Parliament designed by Editorial is located in Holyrood, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Designed by late Catalan architect, Enric Miralles, construction of the building by EMBT/RMJM (Scotland) Ltd, a Spanish-Scottish collaboration specifically created for the project, began in 1999. The choice of architect, location, design and construction company were not without their detractors and Parliament management were severely criticised during the Fraser Inquiry into the handling of the project. Winning the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2005 forced many people to view the building in a new light and appreciate its craftsmanship. Although the announcement that RMJM have been contracted to complete the 2014 Commonwealth Games village in Glasgow raised a few eyebrows.
Often referred to as just Holyrood, the Parliament complex is made up of several distinctive and individual buildings joined together by the Garden Lobby. The MSP block, Queensberry House, the Canongate building and the Chamber are all accessed through this bright space which acts as a reception area for official events as well as an informal meeting place for all building users. The preferred location for media interviews, the Garden Lobby provides the now recognisable backdrop of the staircase seen in most media shots of the building.