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The Blackburn Wing, Wetherby, UK

The Harris Parnership

Aviation meets treehouse in the extraordinary Blackburn Wing, an airfoil-shaped, copper clad events venue suspended in the protected woodland canopy on the listed Bowcliffe Hall estate inWest Yorkshirewhere it serves as the centerpiece of a master planning and restoration scheme. 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Building

Owner: 
Bayford Group
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Weatherby

Categories

Applications: 
Roofs
Type of building: 
Office buildings
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
The Harris Partnership

Copper contractors

Title: 
Conlon Construction

Awards

Season: 
2015

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