Rosslyn Chapel visitor centre completes
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December 18 2012£7m visitor centre at Rosslyn Chapel, the architectural confection famed for its Knights Templar associations.
The global success of Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code has led to a ballooning of visitor numbers in recent years, necessitating an expansion of existing visitor facilities with new reception and exhibition space alongside a café without negatively impinging on the Scheduled area of the Chapel itself.
Page\Park architects have adopted a green oak frame with pitched roof and side aisles the central framed volume steps to the south in a parallel form to the existing adjacent 18th century stable outbuildings. Expansive glazing at either end can be opened up, weather permitting, with sliding doors to frame views across the Esk Valley to the Pentland hills and Roslin village.
A palette of materials including a copper roof and coursed Clashach stone to the north enclosing wall have been employed to echo in contemporary form the rustic stonework of the Chapel precinct wall and roof of the stable buildings.
Heating and hot water to both the visitor centre and the Chapel are provided by a new biomass boiler coupled with rainwater recycling.
It has taken five years to deliver the visitor centre since funding was first awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund & Historic Scotland
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