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Building that offers window on nature shortlisted for prize

Faith Sharples gets set to admire the view from the 'Window on Lindisfarne' which has opened on Holy Island

Faith Sharples gets set to admire the view from the 'Window on Lindisfarne' which has opened on Holy Island

A north Northumberland tourist attraction has been shortlisted for a prestigious architecture award.

Window On Wild Lindisfarne, on Holy Island, which was designed by Icosis Architects, is one of nine buildings in the North East in the running for a 2014 RIBA North East Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury with the winners announced at an event on Friday, May 2, at the Stephenson Works.

Regional winners will then be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence on a national platform.

Window on Wild Lindisfarne, at Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (NNR), was officially opened in July last year.

The stone building, which has a turf roof to help it blend into its surroundings, provides a viewing point and a venue for outdoor education that will help tell the story of the rich diversity of wildlife found on the reserve.

It looks out over one of the island’s key habitats, the winter home to light-bellied Brent geese.

The large window has a special bird-safety glass called Ornilux to prevent bird collision.

The glass is transparent to the human eye, but has a UV-reflective coating, making it visible as an obstacle to birds.

 

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