Scottish Scenic Routes II
The Scottish Scenic Routes competition returned for a second phase with spectacular locations and challenging sites. Selecting the site of Corgraff in the Cairngorms National Park, the brief sought a proposal that would ‘encourage road users to stop and engage with the outstanding landscape and cultural heritage of this location’.
Situated within a vast open landscape of sweeping forms and blustering wind, a road sets off into the mountains, winding up.
As the incline sweeps off into the distance, a structure sits, surveying the view. A bold monumental form imposes on the landscape without detracting from the beauty with a stylised form. Emulating the architecture of nearby Corgraff Castle, deep reveals carved from solid walls are both inviting and defensive within a turbulent climate.
Granite encased in gabion baskets provides an economical and locally sourced solution for an outpost to weary travellers.