Design Awards 2012
Fair Maid's House
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The Royal Scottish Geographical Society relocated to the historic North Port of Perth in 2009, purchasing Lord John Murray’s House and taking a long lease from the Council on the adjacent Category B listed Fair Maid’s House, giving the Society the opportunity to meet its expanding needs and establish a permanent headquarters capable of fulfilling their requirements.
Lord John Murray’s House serves as an administration base, while the link and new extension to the Fair Maid’s House provides archive and general collections stores, an education room, exhibition and interpretation areas, and a story telling room.
The new architecture, in a palette of glass, steel and copper, appears to slide out of the less historically significant ‘link’ building, highlighting the importance of the Fair Maid’s House and Blackfriar’s wall, while not impacting on the historic front elevation of the house.
Passersby are given a glimpse into the workings of the Society through a series of glass screens.