99% Invisible

99% Invisible is a tiny radio show about design and architecture.


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Stirling, Scotland is the home of Stirling Castle, which sits atop a giant crag, or hill, overlooking the whole town of Stirling. There has been a castle on that hill since the 12th century at least, and maybe before, but the current buildings date from the 15th and 16th centuries.

When we think of medieval castles we usually picture a grand structure, with subdued, dark stone masonry. But when you gaze upon Stirling Castle today from the town below, you will notice that one of the buildings is different from the others. Since 1999, after a decade long restoration effort that altered the building inside and out, the Great Hall of Stirling Castle has been a bright, cheery yellow.

But not everyone in Stirling is happy about that.

The Great Restoration

Plus, we’re featuring an episode from our Radiotopia sister, The Allusionist. Enjoy!

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