Taigh Solais

The design of a new multi purpose building located within the Tobermory conservation area comprising a Visitor Centre, public toilets, showers, laundry, 6 small offices and a meeting room and facilities for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The design concept draws on the iconography of a lighthouse with its adjoining service buildings. The contrast between the vertical element of the lighthouse entrance tower and a horizontal terrace of one and two storey ‘fishing bothies’ creates a strong image which can be developed to clearly express the client’s affinity with the sea and their desire for the building to welcome and help the visitors and local inhabitants who use the harbour. It can also be used to create a visually strong and robust building which sits comfortably within the 19th century fabric of the town.

The project was funded by the Lottery and Argyll and the Islands Enterprise

The Team

Completed: 2008

Client: Tobermory Harbour Association

Civil & Structural Engineer: John Peden Associates

Quantity Surveyor: Morham & Brotchie

Contractor: Norman Bruce Ltd