Salthouse / Hydropath © Bruce Doran

Salthouse / Hydropath

Bruce Doran

Mackintosh School of Architecture

Project Description

The two projects presented, Salt-house and Hydropath explore the themes of wellbeing through Salt & Water.

‘There and back again a [Saltcoats] tale,’ is a proposed urban strategy to integrate a Salt-house into the heart of Saltcoats. The Salt industry has a rich history within the town, the proposal seeks to establish Saltcoats as Scotland’s home of salt.

Salt is the catalyst by which a regeneration strategy is centered. This strategy seeks to establish a strong civic centre within the town that is linked into the history and culture of Saltcoats, whilst creating an infrastructure for economic and social wellbeing within the town.

‘Escape from the city - therapy for stress,’ proposes a hydropath to bring wellbeing to those suffering from stress related illness, set within the stunning landscape of Culzean Castle. Water and landscape are the catalyst to which a calming and stress relieving experience is created.

Winner: The RIAS Andy MacMillan Drawing Award

There is a seductive, other worldly, quality to this powerfully communicative set of drawings. The combination of terse but sufficient narration and simple diagrams sets the scene for a crescendo of visual impressions, like something out of a James Cameron movie - superbly persuasive!
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