Students presented their work last June in Orkney.
Here they are setting up the exhibition in the Stromness Community Centre.
The unit with James Stockan Leader of the Orkney Isles Council
Orkney is unique, rich in its archaeology, geography, history and culture. The archipelago is located off the Northern-most tip of Scotland where the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea meet in the Pentland Firth. The island community displays a unique Orcadian character, a blend arising from the relatively recent (15th century) connections with Scotland and the more ancient associations with Scandinavia. The residents have a strong sense of their identity thanks to the island's remote location.
Meanwhile, the seasonal visitor population has increased greatly, consistently breaking volume tourism records for Orkney year on year. This added another theme of 'tourism' to be explored throughout this project - as it is an area of charged debate not only for Orkney but globally too.
We seek to bridge the two distinct populations with an architectural intervention. In-depth research and analysis was conducted into the possibility of a contemporary 'Orcadian caravanseri' - a place to generate mutually beneficial exchange between cultures.