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February 25 2015

Lews castle museum & archive takes shape
Graham Construction is entering the closing phase of an ambitious renovation and extension of Lews Castle, Stornoway, ahead of an internal fit-out of the new museum and archive.

Led by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar the £13.5m project has seen Simpson & Brown Architects lead conservation of the A-listed Lewis landmark, including new wall panelling copied from originals and conservation of original 1850s décor.

Malcolm Fraser Architects meanwhile have overseen a new build extension connected to the castle by a long gallery and glass roofed courtyard –offering improved facilities including a café, shop and gallery space.

An archive store for important records from the island has also been created ahead of an official opening to the public in October.
A glazed courtyard conjoins the extension to the castle
A glazed courtyard conjoins the extension to the castle
Views to Stornoway and the mainland can be glimpsed from the museum long gallery
Views to Stornoway and the mainland can be glimpsed from the museum long gallery

7 Comments

A Lewis Chessman
#1 Posted by A Lewis Chessman on 25 Feb 2015 at 12:06 PM
The extension was supposed to have a mirrored stainles steel finish to 'disappear' into the landscaping. I can still see it.
Malcolm Fraser
#2 Posted by Malcolm Fraser on 25 Feb 2015 at 16:07 PM
No disappearing ever intended.
ooctopus
#3 Posted by ooctopus on 26 Feb 2015 at 13:33 PM
Please may we have more images Mr Fraser? We likes what we sees so far.
A Lewis Chessman
#4 Posted by A Lewis Chessman on 26 Feb 2015 at 15:15 PM
Pretty sure there was a "stealth bomber" design with mirrored stainless steel at the public consultation event pre-planning.

Anyway, more images here...

http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/press/documents/LEWS%20CASTLE%20MUSEUM%20%20ARCHIVE%20UPDATE%2024%20FEBRUARY%202015.pdf
Malcolm Fraser
#5 Posted by Malcolm Fraser on 26 Feb 2015 at 16:56 PM
The Gallery is where it is for maximum visibility: visibility out for the view up the Minch, so the story of artifacts like the Chessmen is told by the context they are seen in; visibility in for its juxtaposition smooth and bright against the stone bulk of the big Hoos - like the Victorian Glasshouses achieved, on the same footprint, until their demolition.
And the stainless steel deals best with the salt-laden weather that lashes it.
Fit-out's to come so no finished images till later in the year...
Robert
#6 Posted by Robert on 27 Feb 2015 at 10:43 AM
No doubt stainless steel is very good in a coastal environment but then other materials can stand up pretty well to a bit of salt too. Don't be ashamed of just wanting a bit of bling, fess up Malcolm!
Malcolm Fraser
#7 Posted by Malcolm Fraser on 27 Feb 2015 at 17:54 PM
Smooth and bright, I fess...

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