This project is our response to the development of a luxury destination hotel for a majoir distillery in the highlands of Scotland.
We have looked at notions of Scotland from history and from contemporary culture, which reflect the attractions, romanticism, mythology and iconography of the country. We have considered the principal constituents of life, water and time, as the main influences that determine the forms and shapes of this singularly Scottish landscape.
We have distilled these elements into aspects which have an influence on the design and have introduced components of historical and contemporary forms to arrive at an initial conceptual response to the brief. Our approach to the design of this hotel has been to imbue this concept with these elements, developing a hotel which will grow and radiate out from the landscape, which will provide a sanctuary and which will feel an intrinsic part of the land.
Every part of the hotel has an external aspect and view out to the landscape beyond. This holistic approach to the design allows each part and function of the hotel to relate and connect to each other and its setting. The resulting radial form creates an internal court. The reproduction of a lochan here (a small inland loch) provides a sheltered sanctuary offering views through the hotel and to the natural setting beyond.