Vertiginous Inverewe eyrie invites visitors
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July 12 2018
The National Trust for Scotland has commissioned Denizen Works to build a timber observation tower within Inverewe Garden, Wester Ross, to improve the visitor experience for those not suffering from vertigo.
Combining a vertical gallery and bird hide the elevated space has been modelled on a woodpecker’s nest or a sliced tree trunk to signpost the outer reaches of the botanical gardens and connecting to existing footpaths by a dramatic bridge.
Upon entering the tower visitors will climb up from a base gallery through different levels of commissioned artworks, each designed to impart a different ‘spatial experience’. Those who make it all the way to the top will be rewarded with a lofty bird hide affording views out above the tree canopy.
Framed in dark, stained vertical larch cladding and smooth pine tar above a base of hammered concrete the ‘totemic presence’ of the tower will signpost a wider rejuvenation of on-site retail and dining facilities in addition to a scattering of lower key sculptural interventions throughout.
A planning application has already been presented to Highland Council in anticipation of a start on-site being made in the autumn, for completion by the following spring.
Timber sheating board will be left exposed internally to provide a warm counterpoint to the exterior
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