RCA - The Building
On November 15th the Raasay Community Hall won the prestigious Inverness Architectural Association (IAA) Open Award For Best Building at a ceremony in Srathpeffer, beating the Castle Stewart Golf Clubhouse amongst others.
Calum MacLean, IAA president, said: “Raasay Hall is a very worthy winner.
“These awards showcase the best building design in the region and we had an outstanding field yet again this year.
“The winning building is one of exceptional quality and would easily hold good comparison on the international architecture scene.”
Read on to find out more about the building...
The building is on two levels, set back into the slope so it is accessible from the ground at both levels blends into the landscape. The front is glassed, looking out across a wonderful view across the Raasay Sound towards the Cuillins. There is parking at the back and an open area in front. The interior has been designed to provide maximum flexibility of use. It consists of:
- Entrance from front of building
- A main hall (the full height of the building) suitable for gym, games, dances and performances.
- A kitchen which can open onto the hall and serve as a bar for licensed events.
- Toilets (including a toilet suitable for the disabled) and showers, with changing facilities for sports teams
- Storage space
- Entrance from rear of building
- A large glass fronted lobby which can be used for meetings and small scale events. It can also be used as a spectators' gallery as it looks down on to the main hall.
- A small training, meeting room with internet connections
- A small office
- Toilet for the disabled
- Externally accessed storage (for outdoor equipment)
The main hall has a wooden floor suitable for sports. The building design incorporates state of the art insulation, thermal control and renewable resource features to maximise energy efficiency and minimise long term running costs. The heating is from a ground-source heat pump with under-floor heating and a heat-recovery ventilation system. The double-glazed glass front can open up on summer days and be screened off to minimise glare and provide black-out for film nights during the summer. The side walls are timber clad using local larch timber. We have aimed to produce a beautiful, durable, public building which can provide for the range of current and future community uses for years to come.