Venture to the historic Brodie Estate in Forres, pass the imposing Brodie Castle and a new addition appears on the horizon. Timber-clad, unassuming but with a striking pin-sharp roof form, the new building draws visitors in to reveal a wonderous new garden beyond.
Meticulous detailing of the timber
The project design team including Hoskins Architects and erz landscape architects, with McGregor Construction appointed as Main Contractor, delivered the overall scheme for the National Trust for Scotland whose ambition was for Brodie Castle and Estate to become the premier family-focused heritage attraction in the north of Scotland.
Russwood’s SILA Select® grade of Siberian Larch cladding was chosen for the purpose-built visitor centre to give a calm, rustic aesthetic appropriate for the subtle insertion of the building into the historic estate. Meticulous detailing of the timber cladding and metal roofing, however, set the building apart from the vernacular barn. The warm timber cladding on the entrance elevation is tightly detailed to accentuate the roof form, and the timber corner addressing the approach is eroded to create an obvious entrance, inviting visitors to explore within. The Siberian Larch was also an excellent fit for the architects’ requirements for a low-impact material.