Rankinfraser landscape architecture’s public space in Dunbar has been chosen as the AJ Architecture Awards’ Budget Project of the Year, a category that celebrates architecture built for £500,000 or less
This project, located in the historic harbour town of Dunbar on the south-east coast of Scotland, is a new public gathering and performance space within the Category B-listed Lamer Island Battery, a fortification built in 1781 during the American War of Independence to protect the town from US naval commander John Paul Jones.
In 2009, Dunbar Harbour Trust appointed rankinfraser to help reimagine the battery for locals and visitors alike. This involved improving access, repairing and conserving the stonework and creating a multipurpose events space, all of which could promote tourism and economic regeneration.
Dunbar sea cubes
Another key aspect of the scheme was commissioning Sea Cubes by the artist Donald Urquhart, a series of interactive stainless-steel cubes engraved with drawings of sea shells.
The site enjoys outstanding views, and the judges said that rankinfraser had intervened in a subtle yet effective way, adding handrails, steps and other additions ‘beautifully well’. One judge commented: ‘There’s a real depth to this design. The interventions don’t detract from the historic building and are very cleverly done.’
Dunbar performance area
Highly commended: ‘After Image’, Dulwich Pavilion 2017 by IF_DO
‘After Image’, Dulwich Pavilion 2017 by IF_DO
Source: Joakim Boren
Judges said this design had delighted the clients Dulwich Picture Gallery and Almacantar, and attracted a ‘whole new audience of younger people’ to the south London site. ‘This was a poetic and playful response by the architect,’ said one judge.
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