Centre for the Scottish War Blinded

Centre for the Scottish War Blinded

Centre for the Scottish War Blinded, Page Park Architects, Andrew Lee

Architect: Page\Park Architects

Client: Royal Blind

Photographer: Andrew Lee

This is an elegant building, sitting beautifully in its West Lothian landscape, is fit for purpose and demonstrates the benefits of enlightened architectural patronage by a distinguished charitable trust.

The sinuous plan form – despite oddly taking its inspiration from a hand carved Chinese celestial dragon – has produced a building which is legible for its users, all of whom suffer different levels of visual impairment. The sweeping zinc covered roofscape and limited external materials generate a sophisticated and elegant building free of institutional connotations.

Rooms are accessed off a single, broad circulation spine, connecting the social, work and rehabilitation spaces of the building, with access to each subtly differentiated by variations in the internal colour palette.  

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