Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

Working with The Highland Council, Threesixty Architecture have developed a bold and cost-effective strategy to update the appearance of The Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (IMAG). Located at Bridge Street in Inverness the building is part of a 1970’s concrete megastructure which sits uncomfortably amongst the backdrop of Inverness Castle and the Town House.

The strategy identifies a long term ambition to completely redevelop the site in a more sympathetic manner however current budget constraints do not allow for this. It is proposed to improve the appearance of the building in the medium term (15 years) until a more permanent solution can be achieved. As part of a wider programme of improvements funded with City Deal finance, the overcladding will provide IMAG with a bold and distinctive new identity whilst providing a substantially improved setting for the Castle and the Town House.

The building will be clad in a skin of gold anodised metal panels. Each of these unique bespoke panels will be perforated and polished with the highly recognisable pattern of the routes of the River Ness and the Caledonian Canal. This rich and varied finish will become even more dynamic at night with the panels back-lit to provide a subtle and effective glow through the perforations.

Client: The Highland Council

Location: Inverness

Value: £0.5m

Status: Planning Submitted

Year: 2015