Two Grecian temples which epitomise the Athens of the North are the Royal Scottish Acadrmy and the National Gallery, with a third, albeit incomplete, nearby Calton Hill in Edinburgh.
Architectual masterpieces where Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town come together, designed by Henry William Playfair in the early 19th century, they left a problem of no-where to expand, solved by going downwards with John Miller & Partners’ extension joining the two buildings, opened in 2004 though there had been proposals developed in the 1980′s. This extension itself is currently under refurbishment to create the new main entrance to the two buildings.
Visitors arriving on the tram from the airport on a dricht damp day have their spirits lifted by with the classical columns of the Royal Scottish Academy decorated in a variety of colours, brightening up Princes Street. How the architectural purists must hate it!