The architectural design narrative proposed by the architects is rooted in the first monoplane designed by aviation pioneer and localYorkshirehero, Robert Blackburn, over 100 years ago and precedent studies of contemporary international examples of buildings suitable to a woodland area.
Thus, the building comprises a series of arched timber ribs that form the essential wing-shaped structural skeleton. The curve of the wing is at its lowest point facing Bowcliffe Hall and wrapped in a clean copper skin to reduce impact on the listed building.
‘The Wing’ is suspended mid air on a piled column foundation setup with tensile steel members and cantilevers out 30m giving the appearance of an airborne wing. As you exit on to the to the balcony you find yourself 8m in the air with the woodland floor falling away beneath, a sensation not dissimilar to flying.
Inside The Wing rests a simple glass ‘cockpit’ atrium holding the building accommodation comprised of 3m high glazed facades that deliver spectacular views across the valley below. The aviation heritage narrative is maintained with fine detailed interior furnishing such as burnished steel cocktail bar and pilot chairs and carved propeller-shaped handles.
This simple yet elegant structure comprising minimalist materials; copper, timber and steel, is designed to weather naturally in its environment and appear differently throughout the seasons of the year.
“Everybody has heard of the Wright brothers but what about Blackburn? I am going to put this fellow on the map,” Client Jonathan Turner, CEO Bayford Group.