Lindisfarne centre wins prestigious award

One of the winners of the RIBA north east regional architecture awards is a visitor centre that was recently built on Holy Island.

Icosis architects designed the new building, known as Window on Wild Lindisfarne, which acts as a meeting place, information centre and bird-watching shelter.

The new visitor site was carefully designed to fit in with buildings in the existing settlement, which can be seen along the pedestrian route to Lindisfarne Castle. The building creates a concluding feature at the end of the route and, once inside, patrons are led through different rooms to a viewing area with a seven metre wide window that reaches the full height of the space. This allows visitors to take in a broad view of the wetlands, which are filled with a variety of bird species.

The windowpanes have been made visible to birds with a coating of lines that reflect ultraviolet light. Birds flying towards the glass are made aware of it by these lines, but they are not easily seen by people inside the centre.

Birds are encouraged to nest in the centre due to the inclusion of gaps in the stonework, with a grass roof topping the building, which helps it to blend in with its environment.

In areas with an important heritage, whether natural or architectural, it is vital to design new structures that fit with their surroundings. Chester is a city that is rich in historic features and, for those who are planning local building projects, contacting professional architects in Chester is the only way to ensure that they merge seamlessly with the environment.

Posted by Matt Hughes
May 8, 2014
Awards

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