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Great architecture not only settles into its natural surroundings, but also frames its most spectacular vistas. The Scottish Scenic Routes Competition challenges architects to create landmarks that would do just that, leaving visitors captivated by the natural beauty of Scotland’s most scenic areas.

Taking up the challenge, BTE Architecture created a sculpture on the edge of the Loch Lomond peninsula at Inveruglas. The sculpture gradually unveils the Loch in a series of events, culminating in a grand reveal of the full panoramic view.

Seeking a material suggestive of a structural landmark yet respectful of the tranquil surroundings, BTE Architecture opted for SILA A/B®. The timber is sustainably sourced and capable of withstanding the wet environment of the Loch, fading to a muted silver-grey over time. 

Russwood worked with the architects during the design stage to ensure the profile was angled to hide the supporting structure, creating a rhythm throughout the sculpture. Russwood also shared its expertise in the supply of smooth profile decking with anti-slip inserts, which was crucial to the accessibility of the project. 

“Russwood are flexible, knowledgeable and professional,” the client said. “The expert advice given throughout the project was key in the project’s overall success.” Sean Edwards, BTE Architecture.

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