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Loch Lomond timber pyramid viewpoint unveiled

May 14 2015

Loch Lomond timber pyramid viewpoint unveiled
An eight metre tall timber pyramid has been unveiled at Inveruglas on the banks of Loch Lomond, the fourth and final commission of the Scottish Government’s pilot Scenic Routes initiative.

An Ceann Mor, Gaelic for large headland, is intended to serve as a viewpoint for tourists to soak up the scenery whilst promoting young design talent. Consisting of 31 individual steps it harbours a central tunnel to frame views for those with limited mobility.

Over 100 entries were made for the high profile competition which was won by Daniel Bar, Stephane Toussaint and Sean Edwards who have since gone on to form BTE Architecture.

The timber clad structure will fade to silver grey due to the actions of weathering, helping it blend into the surrounding landscape.

Linda McKay, convener of the board of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, said: “It has been a pleasure to promote the work of talented young architects in Scotland and to offer them this unique opportunity to place their cutting-edge designs in the magnificent setting of our National Park.

“Already our visitors have been enjoying exciting new ways to appreciate and engage with our stunning landscapes and I’m confident that the four very individual pieces of the Scenic Routes project will prove to be a great draw." 

A second phase of the Scenic Routes  programme is now underway; including projects at a number of canalside locations and the Cairngorms.
It is hoped that the structure will act as a fillip to the local economy
It is hoped that the structure will act as a fillip to the local economy


boaby wan
#1 Posted by boaby wan on 14 May 2015 at 15:14 PM
I quite like this - just a shame (for me anyway) that the s/s handrails and step nosing couldn't be detailed as nicely in timber as the rest of the structure.
(a quick google says they have formed "BTE Architecture" UR) Good luck to them, a good footing to set up on certainly.
#2 Posted by MrOdelay on 14 May 2015 at 19:10 PM
Boaby: said like someone who has no idea of such things as building regs, visual impairment or CDM designer duties...
boaby wan
#3 Posted by boaby wan on 14 May 2015 at 22:20 PM
Haha! It is possible to detail well and meet the regulations... It would be easy to use different timber for stair nosing to create the contrast just because s/s nosings are the usual, easy, way of meeting the regs - it is possible to avoid clumsy details but thanks for your valuable input...
#4 Posted by MrOdelay on 15 May 2015 at 06:39 AM
Boaby - thanks for displaying your naivety:

So a timber stair nosing exists that would provide enough grip and durability to be mounted on an external (timber) staircase, in our very wet climate, coping with the obviously very high foot traffic such a destination would receive and meet all regs for a public building?!?

Link to this magic product please? - put money where (rather large) mouth is!

(Or are you just a silly keyboard warrior being needlessly negative about a subject that you obviously have a quite tenuous grasp of?)
boaby wan
#5 Posted by boaby wan on 15 May 2015 at 08:10 AM
As I said, I like thus project, hardly "keyboard warrior"...
Stainless steel of the peg nosings are not your only option, I wonder how the rest of the treads (and structure) will cope?!
If you don't have the imagination to interpret the regulations and the ability to deatil out something like this then I'm not going to do your job for you! Maybe spend some time at your board...
Bill S
#6 Posted by Bill S on 15 May 2015 at 09:10 AM
Actually MrOdelay, if you bothered to use a little bit of gumption instead of rudeness, then you may have been able to search in Google (other online search engines are available) to find such a product, of which many varieties actually exist! There are solid hardwood ones, plasticised timber ones, even timber hybrids with carborundum strips pre fitted. Havwood and Russwood would be good starting points for your negativity.

Nice design. We can debate the finer details till we are blue in the face, but the form is quite intriguing. I would love to see it in person.
#7 Posted by Roddy on 15 May 2015 at 10:55 AM
A beautifully realised project . A product of no small amount of skill, imagination and interpretation. A well run competition that has borne some terrific fruits. GCC take note.
Congratulation to all involved.
#8 Posted by Jamie on 15 May 2015 at 13:27 PM
Love the whole initiative, will need to go see this along with all the other projects.
#9 Posted by Matt on 15 May 2015 at 14:19 PM
Stopped to see the project yesterday, beautiful piece that will settle into the environment over time and, though increasing visitors, improve the fortunes of the little cafe nearby. I thought the detailing was crisp and well executed. A great series of projects.
boaby wan
#10 Posted by boaby wan on 15 May 2015 at 15:28 PM
@Matt - Is it accessed from the visitor centre car park bit?
Will be passing in a couple of weeks...
#11 Posted by fdf on 15 May 2015 at 17:11 PM
Hoskins called, they want there design back....
Mike Travers
#12 Posted by Mike Travers on 16 May 2015 at 02:24 AM
Listen pals, sorry, it's pish. Who comes to Loch Lomond and then has to be directed to look at the views? Oh wait, there's a lovely huge car park and a cafe there as well.
#13 Posted by Matt on 18 May 2015 at 17:45 PM
@boaby wan - Yes, easily accessible from Inveruglas centre.
Perry Mason
#14 Posted by Perry Mason on 20 May 2015 at 14:06 PM
Aha!! My search for Gareth's fine biennale effort is complete. My search will now move onto whos back garden it has been hiding out in for all these years and what happened to the middle of it!

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