This project is as much a sculpture as a piece of architecture. Conceived as a building to change perceptions, "An Turas" is Gaelic for "A Journey", it is the result of a collaboration between artists, sculptors, architects and engineers. We were thrilled to work alongside Sutherland Hussey Architects and artists J. Harvey, D. Urquhart, G. Onwin and S. Kennedy.
Located near the pier, this structure is designed as a shelter for those intending to board the island ferry. Two long white rendered block walls lead the visitor to a covered bridge, which leads through semi-darkness to a fully glazed belvedere. The transitions in turn concentrate the mind on the sky, then the ground through slots in the walls of the bridge, then the wide spatial experience of Gott Bay.
The walls are made of reinforced concrete block. The bridge is of timber construction and was prefabricated in Edinburgh, before being shipped to the island. The belvedere is a galvanised steel frame glazed on three sides and the roof, with a riven slate floor.
This project has won critical acclaim- far out of proportion to its value. It has had a huge impact on the island and the visitors to it.
RIAS Building of the Year 2003
RIBA Regional Award 2003
RIBA Stirling Prize 2003 - Shortlisted
RSA Gold Medal for Architecture 2003
Scottish Executive 2003: Dynamic Places Award
Edinburgh Architecture Association 2003: Presidents Award
Stephen Lawrence Prize - Shortlisted