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June 8 2016

Banavie viewpoint offers visitors a chance to reflect
The latest project to complete as part of the Scenic Route’s initiative has been unveiled at the Caledonian Canal, Banavie, offering visitors a viewpoint from which to observe a flight of canal locks known as Neptune’s Staircase.

Conceived by architecture students Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler the wood framed cabin is clad in mirrored stainless steel and sits under the shadow of Ben Nevis.

Incorporating benches Neptune’s Mirror is intended to blend into its environment whilst opening up views of the surrounding landscape and will be in-situ throughout the summer.

Helena Huws, architect at Scottish Canals, said: “Set on the longest flight of canal lock gates in Britain and providing fantastic views of the Great Glen, the new viewpoint is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and watch the world – and one or two boats – pass by.”

The temporary structure has been built as a travelling counterpart to ‘Lookout’, a permanent viewpoint within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park at Loch Voil.
The small cabin will offer passersby a new perspective on the canal
The small cabin will offer passersby a new perspective on the canal
Visitors will be able to put their feet up whilst soaking up the atmosphere
Visitors will be able to put their feet up whilst soaking up the atmosphere

7 Comments

Gringo
#1 Posted by Gringo on 8 Jun 2016 at 11:14 AM
Not another bloody mirror!
Dave
#2 Posted by Dave on 8 Jun 2016 at 19:16 PM
Hang on - was this not already done in another location? Why are they recycling previous ideas? What's even more annoying is the hours of free time out in by people who entered the open design competition, only to have the winner as a preconceived idea! As such, Where is the motivation for people to spend their time on future competitions?Project is rapidly losing the lustre of the Norwegian counterpart it's looking to emulate...
Terra
#3 Posted by Terra on 9 Jun 2016 at 08:54 AM
Hmpf. Seems lazy to me. From some angles it's interesting to look at, like Predator when it's cloaked...but from others it looks pants. Not well thought through or executed at all. Should have just designed a Greco-Roman folly for the area instead. Saying that they'd probably bulldoze most of Edinburgh and replace it with concrete if given the chance; so maybe not.
Nairns Bairn
#4 Posted by Nairns Bairn on 9 Jun 2016 at 17:53 PM
It looks like a polished-up generator.
Cadmonkey
#5 Posted by Cadmonkey on 9 Jun 2016 at 21:25 PM
Splutter....is my tax paying for this cabin to watch boats go by?
Art Vandelay
#6 Posted by Art Vandelay on 10 Jun 2016 at 06:56 AM
Yawn.
QMD
#7 Posted by QMD on 10 Jun 2016 at 12:04 PM
After all, everybody just want to play safe with spending money for public projects. Creativity and innovation? Who gives a sh*t...

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