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Threesixty Architecture to deliver Orkney research hub

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May 4 2017

Threesixty Architecture to deliver Orkney research hub
Threesixty Architecture have been selected to lead development of the Orkney Research + Innovation Campus to be housed within the redeveloped former Old Academy and Primary School of Stromness.

The £6.5m project is being led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council to provide a home for institutes, consultancies and startups in an environment melding research, academia and business.

In a statement the architects said: “The design by Threesixty Architecture will renovate and unify the two existing buildings as one campus. Each building will feature new entrances, improved circulation, open plan offices, and shared meeting spaces which frame views to the Stromness harbour to create an inspiring setting for users and visitors alike. The historic Old Academy building façades will be largely preserved while the Primary School envelope will be entirely upgraded, harmonising it within the urban context of Stromness.”

Work is expected to commence on-site later in the year for completion by 2019.
The multi-disciplinary hub will fuel entrepreneurialism on the island
The multi-disciplinary hub will fuel entrepreneurialism on the island
The proposed site as it exists currently
The proposed site as it exists currently

Work is expected to get underway before the year is out
Work is expected to get underway before the year is out

5 Comments

E=mc2
#1 Posted by E=mc2 on 4 May 2017 at 20:37 PM
Very contextual.

Not.
dave the detailer
#2 Posted by dave the detailer on 4 May 2017 at 23:40 PM
'Urban context' has much more relationship with the face of the quay wall than any local building.
David
#3 Posted by David on 5 May 2017 at 08:40 AM
Future eyesore in the making. Sad really given the stunning example of how a contemporary building can work in a contextual way, not more than 300 yards away.

'The only box in the village'
Robert
#4 Posted by Robert on 5 May 2017 at 13:58 PM
"...harmonising it within the urban context of Stromness.”

Really?

Looks like a workaday, banal, crude commercial facade to me. This is a real shame for Stromness. The building doesn't need to harmonise with the townscape (given the starting point how could it anyway?), it just needs to be a good design in and of itself.
Terra
#5 Posted by Terra on 8 May 2017 at 08:27 AM
Great idea. But they could maybe go back to the drawing board and come up with a different design.

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