Falls of Falloch
The conceptual basis of the design centres on the notion of framing views. Framed views already exist on the site in a number of forms, from natural clearings within the woodland to glimpses of the river, surrounding hills or sky. Each provides unique points of interest which focus a visitor’s attention on a specific area or aspect of natural beauty. The design seeks to build upon this and offer an improved experience to capture the beauty, power and dynamism of the ever changing nature of the river and waterfall from season to season and day to day, which makes each visitor's experience unique.
The site provides an intimate setting with a sense of enclosure created by the woodland and the rock formations around the basin of the waterfall. The journey through the woodland enhances the visitor’s experience, enticing them into an area of natural beauty culminating in the magnificent waterfall.
The location of the pavilion was selected to avoid obstructing existing views to the waterfall from the pathways. The design seeks to provide a sensitive intervention without detrimentally affecting the setting. This is achieved through the use of natural materials and a slender building form that rests lightly on the surrounding rock formations.
The two pavilions are orientated to engage with two different aspects and project past the rock face to provide a unique vantage point. The design amplifies the sensory experience while providing a safe enclosure and shelter from the elements.
The design's scale, materiality and detailing has been developed to complement the natural beauty of the setting and ensure that the building can be prefabricated off-site and assembled with minimal impact on the landscape.