Inveruglas - Scottish Scenic Routes project

INVERUGLAS

Winning entry by BTE Architecture for the Scottish Scenic Routes initiative.

BTE’s viewing platform will be located upon the highest point of a peninsula overlooking Loch Lomond.  It is a natural viewing point, on which, presently, a bench is provided for that purpose.  The new structure, a timber-clad steel frame, will form a steep upwards extension of the land’s natural slopes from the water, rising towards the treetops to provide visitors with new and higher panoramic views of the spectacular Loch scenery as well as offering seating with a degree of shelter.

A number of paths wind through and around the peninsula’s hilly terrain, creating a variety of natural meeting places and viewing points.  The project is designed in such a way that it will be possible to take a route which passes through the structure’s open centre.   Approaching from the path to the rear of the seating, visitors will climb steps through a central funnel, gradually revealing the view of the Loch, and arrive on a broad platform around a quarter of the height.  Visitors could continue directly onwards, should they wish, down steps to a small plateau and onto another path.

Should visitors chose to rest longer within the structure, steps all around the perimeter provide access to benches to admire the view above and below the central opening.

The project’s geometric form grants it a strong sculptural quality in the landscape, very likely to attract interest and to draw in visitors from the distance, including by car on the approach from the South along the A82.   Although bold in its execution, it still sits in harmony with its setting, high upon the jagged forms of the rocks edging the peninsula.

 

BTE Architecture was set up in Glasgow by Sean Edwards, Daniel Bär and Stéphane Toussaint

Sean graduated from the University of Strathclyde School of Architecture in 2013. Daniel graduated from the University of Arts, Berlin in 2009. Stéphane graduated from La Cambre Architecture School, Brussels in 2010.

See also: Falls of Falloch by John Kennedy and Loch Lubnaig Beag by Ruairidh Moir

Inveruglas - Scottish Scenic Routes project