Saturday, June 20, 2009

Scottish Parliament Think Pods

At the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, every MSP's office has a 'think-pod' sticking out of the side. This is a semi-shedlike atmosphere in which they are are supposed to sit and think up good things as they contemplate Salisbury Crags. Lovely to look at, there have been some problems with them (buckets were required for a while to catch drips when it rained hard). Here's what Rosie Kane, Scottish Socialist Party MSP, told The Guardian about them:
"Miralles gave us all "contemplation chambers", or "think-pods". The idea is that you've got somewhere to go and sit and think. When I'm in mine, sitting on the window seat, it reminds me of being on a big wheel because it sticks out of the building and is suspended. Every worker should have one."
(Photo by Kirsty Connell)

Designed by Enric Miralles, apparently they were inspired by Sir Henry Raeburn's painting of the Rev Robert Walker skating on Duddingston Loch...

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