Stromness is noticeably split into two sides, the main town position to the east and the ever-growing developments on the over side facing the west. Between each half a high school sits central at the peak of the unsheltered bay. The master plan introduces many new designs that will help improve Stromness immensely, particularly a sports centre, business hubs and affordable housing. These designs are predominantly situated along the shoreline to help create a visible connection between the two sides and to increase the amount of sheltered space within the town. All aspect of this proposal aims to renew the strong sense of community that is so apparent throughout the island of Orkney.
The bridge if a fundamental part of the whole master plan as it creates a direct link between both sides. Literally reconnecting the route to complete the community and providing a new direction of access round thru town. The main low road in Stromness connect to the bridge at the point where the old ferry terminal was located; on the west side the bridge join to the new road and provides access to the new ferry terminal and the proposed public sports sports centre. At each end the bridge meets a different functional space. This design aims to encourage and promote a safe, healthier method of transport and a direct route across to the other side of the town. It will also enable easy access for the exportation and importation of products and encourage the expansion and raise the tourist appeal of the island.
In order to accommodate for the continuous movement of boats through the bay one section of the bridge will open to create an entrance and help to control the flow of marine traffic. This mechanism will be one of the main focal points and will allow visitors and pedestrians to watch the boat pass through from the restaurant and the viewpoint on the walkway. Splitting diagonally the two raised halves will symbolise the sails of boats once opened and aesthetically will create a significantly stroking feature.
The inquisitive minds of the modern traveller seek rich and authentic experiences. This contemporary architectural intervention aims to satisfy these desires through the design of an experiential Brewery within the context of Stromness, Orkney.
Nestled into the sloping landscape, the project is grounded in its simplicity. The brewing process and its parameters informed the design, while its composition was derived to satisfy visitor curiosity, emphasising its role within the Orcadian community.
The site boldly presents itself to visitors as they approach Stromness by ferry. It is defined by its prominent position within the elevation of the town and its two distinct features; the slope on which it sits and the existing path which runs through its centre.
The project is composed of two components: the Brewery and the Public House.
It is no secret that beer production utilises a large amount of energy. The Brewery design and construction was driven by the desire to minimise energy consumption of the facility. The building’s structural arrangement allows for maximum flexibility and adaptation, to cater to the experimental nature of the process, while its tectonic composition was developed for the humid brewing environment.
Contrastingly, the Public House aspires to connect the two distinct halves impacted by mass tourism - the resident and the visitor - through the design of an inviting environment which facilitates and encourages conversation between all patrons. In light of our current isolated condition, the project raises the critical importance of convivial places to communities in our times of withdrawal.
Seasonal expansion and contraction, in conjunction with the desire to capture the essence of a caravanserai, shaped the pub arrangement. Its composition was developed through research and analysis of the evolution of the Scottish Public House typology and its cultural significance.
A lively dialogue between residents and visitors is orchestrated in a central courtyard, heightening interactivity and intrigue through the exposure of brewing activity in the lower yard and public events in the beer garden above.