Completed Early 2020
The building is located in Davagh Forest Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of Cookstown within the Mid Ulster area of Northern Ireland. Davagh Forest Park boasts one of the ‘darkest skies’ in Ireland and was hand picked as the location of a New Visitor Centre and Dark Skies Observatory. The site is a rich landscape of substantial archaeological and cultural significance including Beaghmore Stone Circles and has a history which spans millennia.
We have developed a building that reflects it’s surrounding. The building picks up on the irregular nature of its surroundings, rising and turning until it reaches the buildings focal point, the observatory. The building in intended to be sympathetic to its surroundings in both its form and material selection. The timber facade will soften over time and the grey timber will be a subtle architectural marker in the landscape.