We are delighted that Joe Coulter of Hilton Barnfield Architects working in collaboration with Grace Losasso of Tim Offer Architect have been shortlisted in an international design competition for a series of shelters in Wester Ross, Scotland.
Having been working with the practice for over a year now, Joe teamed up with Grace, a fellow graduate from Plymouth University to deliver this shortlisted competition entry for the Wester Ross Design competition.
The Highland Council launched the architectural competition for the development of three visitor information shelters at key entry points to the region, an opportunity, that was publicised in the Architect’s Journal and caught the attention of architects and designers around the world. Joe and Grace’s entry was selected from a long list of entries for a shortlist of just three projects.
Through a coherent series of pavilions, their architecture invites the visitors of Wester Ross to “engage with a perceptive awareness – new experiences; encounters; and outlooks; and ways of thinking about landscape through a new process of discovery.” The design concept for their proposal has “evolved around the use of several architectural motifs to frame moments in the landscape that might otherwise be bypassed or overlooked.”
“A voyage of discovery across the region to those who wish to explore it.”
In this way the shelters provide “a vantage point to digest these moments and evoke a sense of place and orientation.” These moments are carefully composed and reflected throughout the three propositions and start to follow a basic rhythm through expansive entrances and sheltered seating that engage the horizon, to deeper internal retreats with cavernous roof lights that focus on the skyline.
Joe and Grace’s submission was selected as one of three as part of an exclusive shortlist and has also since been further published in the Architect’s Journal. We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate them on the success of such a strong piece of collaborative work. Hilton Barnfield Architects will now continue to work alongside the pair of talented designers and Tim Offer Architect to submit material for a second stage of judging which will be announced in the coming weeks.