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Thursday31 July 2014

Hi-tech shelter with a heart of stone

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As we feature Dualchas Architecture’s sensitive response to the vernacular forms of the Isle of Skye, we look back to when a rather less contextual structure appeared in Easter Ross near Inverness.

Easter Ross Monument Shelter

Date October 1989
Architect William Hanlon
Project Easter Ross Monument Shelter

In the week that we feature Dualchas Architecture’s sensitive response to the vernacular forms of the Isle of Skye, we look back to when a rather less contextual structure appeared in Easter Ross near Inverness.

The design pictured here was the work of architect William Hanlon, of the Scottish Development Agency, and was installed in 1989 to shelter an ancient stone monument.

“It represents a heavy hi-tech approach to the aesthetic problem of sheltering a ninth century Pictish stone in Easter Ross,” reported BD of the glass cube, supported by a chunky tubular steel frame. Although it soon emerged why this might have been the case:

“The ‘interest contrast’ is not unconnected with the fact that the glass box was originally produced to house a computer display at the Glasgow Garden Festival.”

Apparently the Shandwick Trust “liked it so much” that they purchased the building for reuse at the Easter Ross site.

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  • It's a good thing that the Shandwick Trust didn't like a site portacabin as much and used that instead..

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  • Incredibly ugly and intrusive box - the stone has lasted over 1000 years without it and hopefully will still be standing after this mess has long crumbled away.

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