Putting the Groat in Great Britain

Credit: Pip Rustage

You traipse the 800 miles from Lands End to the most northerly point of the mainland and find a windblown car park, a deserted hotel and no famous signpost – the photographer who owns it charges for ‘the pic’ and takes it away with him each night. No wonder Scottish architecture mag ‘Urban Realm’ famously named John O’Groats ‘the most dismal place in Scotland’. But no more – architect GLM has entirely renovated the Victorian Inn, and added 16 luxury holiday apartments fitted out by interior designer NoChintz. But most striking is the bold addition to the coastline using Russwood’s Scotlarch vacuum coated timber cladding. It’s hoped this rainbow at the end will have visitors sharing a leisurely wee dram before hitting the high road.

Latest

Mat Barnes, director at environmental practice CAN, chooses three of his specification favourites

Mat Barnes of CAN chooses three specification favourites

Dividing line, noise mitigator, deferential newcomer – Feilden Fowles’ new gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park has its work cut out

Latest addition to Yorkshire Sculpture Park has its work cut out

Veronique de Viguerie captures the cathedral mid-blaze as those watching on from the ground or television feared there would be little left by dawn

Blazing landmark photographed by Veronique de Viguerie above the rooftops

Since the government pulled back from its zero-carbon ambitions, the industry has taken the initiative on sustainable office design and management

Industry takes sustainability initiative

Fiona MacCarthy’s exemplary biography of Walter Gropius presents him as a tragic but unexpectedly sympathetic figure

Tragedies and inspiration of Walter Gropius