The building intents to conceive a poetic union between the Scottish landscape, its people, its culture and the city of Edinburgh. Miralles said: "The Parliament should be able to reflect the land it represents. The building should arise from the sloping base of Arthur's seat and arrive into the city almost surging out of the rock." Even though the building has generated controversy around the Scottish, it has won in 2005 the Stirling Prize, and it's a peace of great modern architecture.The construction (a mixture of pre-cast and in-situ cast concrete units) started in 1999, Enric Miralles died in 2000, and his second wife the architect Benedetta Tagliabue finished the building. It was finished 3 years later then scheduled and the costs were higher than initial estimates (but it changed a lot during construction and took longer to finish it).
You can contact Visitor Services for advice on visiting the Parliament on 0131 348 5200 or by email to sp.bookings[at]scottish.parliament.uk
How to get there?
Just walk the Royal Mile down east until the end and you will see it on right hand side. Its on the corner of Canongate and Abbeyhill. The site is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Old Town, opposite the Royal Palace at Holyrood, next to Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags.