[First look + plans] Stuart Bagshaw Architects has unveiled these images of its ‘Adhamh the Whale’ scheme at Ullapool Harbour, Ross-Shire
Yet to be submitted for planning, the project for the Ullapool Harbour Trust creates a shelter for passengers waiting at the harbour’s pontoons.
The design features bronze ‘vertebrae’ which are suspended on yacht masts and wires and support the artwork’s oak ribs and ‘jaws’.
A statement from the practice explained: ‘The artwork takes inspiration from the heritage of Ullapool and takes the form of a blue whale skeletal structure.
‘Two layers of glass flex over the structure - the red “flesh” at bone level, with the outer ribbed skin floating over this to create a veil to the views, to glow at night and to provide the shelter.’
Glass tubes form an entrance to the structure and also create a whistling sound in windy conditions, according to the architect.
Architects: SBA Architects Ltd.
Location: Ullapool Pier
Type Of Project: Artwork / architectural installation
Structural Engineers: To be appointed
Project Architect: Stuart Bagshaw
Design Team: N/A At present
Client: The Ullapool Harbour Trust
Funding: Various streams
Tender date: N/A At present
Start on site date: Project to be integrated to general overhaul of pier structure in nearby future.
Contract duration: Unknown
Gross internal floor area: approx 165 sq metres
Form of contract and/or procurement: tbc
Total cost: Unknown
M&e consultant: To be appointed
Quantity surveyor: To be appointed
Planning supervisor: To be appointed
Lighting consultant: To be appointed
Main contractor: To be appointed
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: To be appointed
Annual co2 emissions: Zero