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Shetland Isles Architecture

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post updated 12 Feb 2021

Shetland Buildings

Mareel Lerwick Lerwick Cinema + Music Venue

Key Shetland Building Projects, alphabetical:

Lerwick Cinema + Music Venue
Date built: 2008-
Design: Gareth Hoskins Architects with Peter Johnson Partnership
Shetland arts venue – The Mareel
To receive £2.1m from SAC Capital Lottery Fund, kickstarting the project 2 years after the competition win
The Mareel : Lerwick Cinema & Music Venue
Mareel Lerwick Lerwick Cinema + Music Venue
photograph © Phatsheep Photography
Shetland Cinema
“Set on an historic waterfront site, this is an important cultural facility. This building embraces theatre, cinema and performance, reflecting and encouraging creativity.”

Old Scatness Visitor Centre Proposal
Date built: 2008-
Old Scatness Visitor Centre
Following excavation at Old Scatness it is now thought brochs were built much earlier than previously believed and that people lived in the Scatness settlement for around 4,000 years.

The dome was the favoured option for the Old Scatness broch site among three investigated for Shetland Amenity Trust by Edinburgh-based experts led by specialist architects Groves-Raines.

Shetland Museum
Date built: 2007
Design: BDP Architects
Shetland Museum Photo
photo © Mark Sinclair
Shetland Museum
The museum represents an important new cultural hub as well as a major new visitor attraction and landmark for these fascinating islands. The new 3,500 m² building, which utilises old boatsheds, has five times the previous Museum display space and three times the previous archive storage area.

The Booth, Scalloway
Date built: 2003
Design: Richard Gibson Architects

Mid Yell Junior High School
Date built: 2006
Design: Gareth Hoskins Architects with Peter Johnson Partnership
Shetland school building
Gareth Hoskins Architects has won an invited competition with Lerwick based architectural practice Peter Johnson Partnership, to design a new £7.25M junior high school for Shetland Islands Council, on the island of Yell.

More Shetland Architecture projects online soon

Location: Shetland Isles, northern Scotland, UK

Architecture in Scotland

Scottish Architecture Designs – chronological list

Scottish Architecture News

A major contemporary building close to the Shetland Isles, located to the south:

Pier Arts Centre, Orkney
Pier Arts Centre Orkney

Scottish Architecture

Contemporary Architecture in Scotland – architectural selection below:

Inverness College Campus
Design: BDP Architects
Inverness College Campus

Culloden Battlefield Visitors Centre
Design: Gareth Hoskins Architects
Culloden Visitors Centre

Scottish Architect

Upper Parkbrae House, Oyne, Aberdeenshire, Northeast Scotland
Design: Brown & Brown Architects
Upper Parkbrae House Aberdeenshire
photograph © Nigel Rigden
Upper Parkbrae House, Aberdeenshire
This contemporary Scottish property design is comprised of a timber and glass box, which is cantilevered above the landscape, and sited on a stone wall which runs both inside and outside of the building.


The Shetland Islands, formerly Zetland, is a subarctic archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland, situated in the Northern Atlantic, between Great Britain, the Faroe Islands and Norway. It is the northernmost part of Scotland and the wider United Kingdom.

The islands lie some 80 km (50 mi) to the northeast of Orkney, 170 km (110 mi) from Scotland and 300 km (190 mi) west of Norway. Shetland was colonised during the late 8th and 9th centuries.

In 1469, Shetland was pledged by Christian I, in his capacity as King of Norway, as security against the payment of the dowry of his daughter Margaret, betrothed to James III of Scotland. As the money was never paid, the connection with the Crown of Scotland became permanent.

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