AN EXPERIENTIAL LANDSCAPE INTERVENTION

This site identified has latent potential to create a seminal sensory experience.  Perched above Corgarff Castle, we find an aspect down the glen towards Ben Avon.  This expanse of landscape is one which should be amplified to create a unique encounter with this location.

 

Na Criochan creates a sensory threshold to the landscape.  Approached by road, these timber stakes arranged in clusters in the landscape will seem abstract, mysterious and curious.  Upon walking towards and through the timber stakes, the onomatopoeia and impressions of the surroundings will distort and skew as you move through the threshold.

 

The timber being scorched has resonance to the burning of Corgarff Castle, and the muir burning which gives this land a distinct character.  However its principal role will enhance the longevity and be a stark contrast to a snow covered topography.  The proposal will be low maintenance, easy to construct and be cost effective.

 

The immediate area is proposed to be sculpted to create a 'disturbance' to continually flex the appearances, sight and desire lines and the placement of the palisades across the terrain.

 

Existing infrastructure such as the Sculptural stone by Louise Gardner is to be retained in-situ and enhanced by appropriate landscaping and placement of palisade elements to encourage visitors to continue to enjoy the place in a more meaningful manner.  The stone will be allowed to breathe and take on a renewed significance as an integral part of the overall proposal.

 

Black timber, white castle, disturbed earth and abstracted landscape...contribute to ones reading of time, location and ones place within.

 

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NA CRIOCHAN

THRESHOLD OF TERRITORY

 

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER

RUAIRIDH C. MOIR

 

TEAM (MODEL/RENDERS)

DECLAN HENDRIE

RORY MORE

 

CONSULTANT (ENGINEERING):

RICHARD CAMPBELL (TOG STUDIO)

 

OPEN COMPETITION:

HIGHLY COMMENDED

 

LOCATION:

STRATHDON, CAIRNGORMS

 

ALLOCATION DATE:

MARCH 2014

 

CLIENT:

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT/

CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY

BAILTEAN, AILTEIREACHD 'S RÙM DÀNACH

TOWNSHIPS, ARCHITECTURE AND THE ROOM OF POETICS

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