Design Awards 2014
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Galloway Forest Park
Winner: Design Award
A flagship visitor Centre at Galloway Forest Park for the Forestry Commission Scotland forming part of a roll out programme of 5 centres around Scotland offering improved facilities for visitors.
The Centre is situated in Galloway Forest Park and sits within a ‘dark skies’ designated landscape. The visitor experience areas and café spaces have been set out in a linear arrangement relative to the long view of Cairnsmore. The building is single storey. Three modulated roof forms with top light cover the main public space; their internal form is revealed giving a sense of enclosure to the spaces below. These forms are part of the ventilation strategy and have ‘black out’ blinds to conform with dark skies standards. The building form has been designed so as to have an appropriate relationship with the Forest setting. Although the topography is challenging all paths within the immediate vicinity of the Centre have been designed to the appropriate standards enabling universal access.