|3 December 2015|
One of the country’s most iconic buildings will be lit up for the world to enjoy in 2016, Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
Widely recognised as one the most important modernist buildings anywhere in the UK, the ruins of St Peter’s seminary set in haunting woodland on the Firth of Clyde will be showcased to visitors using light and sound as part of Hinterland: the name for both the inaugural event and the planned permanent cultural resource.
Completed in 1966 it was designed and built by Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein of the renowned Gillespie, Kidd and Coia architectural practice, winning them the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Gold Medal for architecture.
Decades of neglect left it in a perilous state and the buildings are now registered as one of the World Monuments Fund’s most endangered cultural landmarks.
Hinterland is the NVA’s ambitious scheme to reclaim the future of the world-renowned St Peter’s seminary and its surrounding landscape.
A dynamic design team comprising Avanti Architects, ERZ Landscape Architects and NORD Architecture has been appointed to take c Hinterland forward. There are plans for partial restoration, consolidation of the existing ruin and new designs for a cafe and public hub, the scheme will create a 600-capacity events space, flexible indoor and outdoor teaching and performance spaces, a permanent exhibition, restored woodland paths and visitor facilities which are set to establish Hinterland as a national platform for public art, living heritage and knowledge exchange in the 21st century.
Angus Farquhar, creative director of NVA said: “Almost 50 years on from the day the seminary opened, we are witnessing the first positive steps towards a new purpose, one that accepts loss and ruination as part of the site’s history creating an evolving arts programme for local people, all of Scotland and visitors attracted to this iconic site from around the world.
“We are setting out to ensure that the imaginative re-use of this great late modernist structure reflects the same social dynamism and ambition with which it was conceived, based around a spirit of working progressively to improve what we can and imagining a better world. It is NVA’s intention to preserve a raw sense of otherness, excitement and revelation.
“Hinterland will offer everyone a chance to visit the Kilmahew/St Peter’s at a key moment in its evolution and it promises to be the must-see arts event of 2016 leading on to the delivery of an important new creative and heritage resource for progressive public art in Scotland and beyond… You want to be able to say that you were there at the start of what promises to be the most significant arts development for a generation.”
Tickets are on sale now for the event, which will take place from 18 to 27 March 2016, at www.hinterland.org