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Date
1997
Region
UK
Sector
Culture & Leisure Regeneration
Budget
£1m - £5m
Client
Archaeolink Trust
Location
Oyne, Aberdeenshire
Size
11,502sqm
Contact
Roddy Langmuir
Team
WA Fairhurst & Partners, Fulcrum Consulting, Turnbull Jeffrey Partnership, Event Communications, Balfour Beatty Construction
Awards
Scottish Design Awards Commendation for Best New Building (1998) Design Council Millennium Product (1998)
Press
Architectural Review (1999) Architecture Today (1998) Prospect (1998) Architects’ Journal (1997) Country Life (1997) Building Design (1997) Architectural Design (1997)

We worked with the Archaeolink Trust to secure funding from Local Authorities, Scottish Enterprise and ERDF for this tourism development project, and to design a visitor centre, which could both house an exhibition relating the story of the rich archaeology of the region while also providing a starting point for visits. 

Archaeolink Visitor Centre

The design combines an experience of the landscape of the site together with a circuit of indoor and outdoor exhibitions. The building has a grass roof rising as a conical hill over the exhibition galleries providing a platform from which to view local sites. The land is “folded” to form a sunken courtyard and entrances, with glass walls providing light and views to the restaurant and shop within; a building made of grass and glass.

Taking advantage of the large thermal mass of surrounding earth, the building has a very low energy consumption topping up heat losses by solar heat gain through the glass walls.

The Centre opened to the public early in the Summer of 1997 and in April of 1998 the Archaeolink Visitors Centre was recognised for its lead in innovation and creativity with its inclusion as the only building out of 202 Millennium Products announced by the Design Council.