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Iolaire Centre


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Design Proposals

The Vision for the Iolaire Centre is to share the story of the tragedy of the Iolaire and its impact on the Hebridean islanders. The Centre will not only commemorate the tragedy but will mark a turning point, serving to demonstrate how the island is moving on and up, economically and culturally.

The Centre will act as a catalyst for the Stornoway Vision regeneration plan and the Stornoway Port Authority Masterplan. It will be a key part of the harbour development and be a vital economic driver for Stornoway and the greater island. 

The concept design creates a journey through fragments to a destination – a tower with views to the disaster site. The fragmented building form creates a network of enclosed and open spaces, framing views and creating a variety of experiences throughout the multi-function facility. An external framework of mast-like structures connect the separate masses and create definition along the journey down the pier.