Valorising an extraordinary panorama and minimising environmental impact, especially on the terrain, are the strong points and features of the design ofCulardoch Shieling byMoxon Architects Studio. A mountain shelter created at the foot of Mount Culardoch in the Cairngorms National Park, in the Scottish Highlands.
The Gaelic term “shieling” means hut and the architects have created a building entirely in wood that reinvents traditional mountain huts (from Scottish crofts to shepherds’ huts and Alpine refuges) and, at the same time,evokes the architecture of the 20th century.
The building is “simple”, it becomes part of the landscape and, seen from above, it blends with the typical local vegetation, thanks to its roof covered in heather, moss and stone.. However, it has a sophisticated and &ldquoplayful” simplicity. The monolithic shape recalls the architecture of Alvar Aalto while the irregular windows, whose “playful” positioning breaks up the walls and frames precise, characteristic views of the landscape, are a tribute to the Ronchamp Chapel by Le Corbusier. The interior is covered in red maple and is essential: a wood heater, small cupboards on the walls that create an interplay of composition with the windows and, finally, a long table that runs the whole length of the hut and openly declares its function as a convivial meeting place.
Architects: Moxon Architects
Location: Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK
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