This essay investigates the characteristics and evolution of parliamentary architecture. A history of parliamentary architecture is presented, referencing notable architects' schemes, including Le Corbusier and Norman Foster. The second part of the essay dissects Enric Miralles' Scottish Parliament Building.

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Typically parliaments are 'grandiose statements of authority' (Fisher, 2004) designed to demonstrate the political power and importance of a nation; the Scottish parliament is however a stark contrast. Inspired by the Salisbury Crags and upturned boats, on the shore at Lindisfarne, Enric Miralles' proposal was a monument to Scottish identity as opposed to political power.

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