Take one look at the natural beauty of this valley and you’ll understand why the Scots decided to make the area into a national park (known as Loch Lomond and The Trossachs). It would be a shame to spoil the scenery by allowing anything to be built here – oh, wait. Someone has built something here. Thing is, you probably wouldn’t spot this tiny structure unless you looked real closely.
It’s a small shelter called the Lookout that lets park visitors enjoy the view with a roof over their heads. It was installed as part of the Scottish Scenic Routes initiative. The clever mirrored design by Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler makes it inconspicuous from afar, but we doubt that many people who do catch sight of it can resist the temptation for a closer look.
As you approach, the mirage solidifies into a futuristic-looking stainless steel plated L. One end of the L has a seat, while the other is standing room only.
The seat and floor are of the same timber as the frame; the mirrored steel is affixed over 12mm birch plywood panels. That’s about all there is to it, so it didn’t cost much to make, especially because its interrupted cuboid shape allowed the use of standard-size steel and plywood sheets.
Of course, this design probably fits more into a category of art/sculpture than it does a livable house but the overall concept was intriguing enough that we wanted to share. Ritchie and Tyler designed the Lookout as a thesis project for the Advanced Architectural Design program at the University of Strathclyde, and judging from this they have a bright future ahead of them.