Friday mémoire (or, here is one I made earlier)

Wycoller Visitors Centre near Colne in Lancashire, UK.  Partly designed on the train back to London from a New Years celebration in Glasgow, Scotland.

Axonometric drawing produced for competition submission by Hakes Associates
It was one of those rare projects where the conceptual idea matched the aspirations of the client and the abilities of the contractor.  The finished constructed product mirrors the drawings produced for the competition boards.

Wycoller Barn with Visitors Centre by Hakes Associates
The barn dates back to the 16th Century.  It has been adapted and modified by many previous occupants.  This modern insertion rests lightly.  It was largely built off site by a shopfitter.  

Wycoller Barn with detail of access ramp / exhibition wall by Hakes Associates
The steel is Corten.  Over time, the humidity in the air will cause it to produce a protective layer of rust and so the modern will blend in tone with the ancient timbers.  It will however remain unapologetically modern, sharp of line and crisp of edge.

Wycoller Hall ruins & Wycoller Barn photo by Johnathan Farman

I have no doubt that in time the park organisers may construct a new visitor's centre, apart from the historical structures.  In which case, the insertion that we designed can be dismantled and taken away.  Leaving Wycoller Barn exactly the way we found it.

Wycoller Hall photo by Mickey Tage  thought to be the inspiration behind Fearndean Manor in Charlotte Brontë's Jayne Ayre.