Marischal College is said to be the second biggest granite building in the world (the largest being the Escorial in Spain).
It is a blend of two styles: A. Marshall Mackenzie’s ‘perpendicular gothic’ (1890s) and Archibald Simpson’s earlier more austere architecture (1837). The overall style is a combination of different aesthetics and the opportunities given by various granite working technologies.
Simpson’s older building is built of Rubislaw stone and the modern gothic from Kemnay granite. Although originally constructed for Aberdeen University, it recently under went extensive restoration work and since 2011 has been the headquarters for Aberdeen City Council.