A CAFE in Glasgow's south side and a temporary building that no longer exists are among 25 buildings shortlisted for the nation's prestigious architecture awards.

On the list for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) awards is the new reception building for Sir Walter Scott's former home at Abbotsford near Melrose, the Glad Cafe in Glasgow, the revamped Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, and the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock.

It also features The Ghost of Water Row by Edo Architecture, which com-memorated the late sculptor and artist George Wyllie in Water Row in Govan. Based on four buildings that sat on Water Row between 1700 and 1929, it existed for just one night on November 5 last year.

Sholto Humphries, president of the RIAS, said: "We had 75 submissions from throughout Scotland and ranging in scale from a few thousand pounds to over £30 million.

"This number of entries is a tremendous vote of confidence and confirms this new award, in only its second year, is now the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland."

He added: "While we are considering an extra- ordinary range of projects of different scale and type, from a modest house extension to a multimillion-pound new secondary school – and, unusually, one project that doesn't even exist – we will be rewarding those projects which we feel best address the key role of architecture: to improve people's lives."

Neil Baxter, secretary of RIAS, said: "The economic climate for architecture continues to be really tough and it is a huge credit to the profession in Scotland the remarkable work illustrated in these submissions is still being produced."

The award winners will be announced on June 12.

The number of award winners is up to the judges' discretion, with 18 entries successful last year.