Franklin Simão, Balloch Pier Performance Hall and Youth Retreat, 2021
An atypical performance hall with an expansive open space created by its biomimicry form and a youth retreat almost resembling a vessel docked at the river awaiting for the sun to set after a momentous day of playing Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’
The design proposal for a performance hall and youth retreat that sit by Balloch Pier, situated 25 kilometres north of Glasgow in Scotland, provides the opportunity for youth to assemble and perform by the lake of Loch Lomond. The open plan and high ceilings of the performance hall is designed with flexibility in mind, allowing for the arrangement of seats to be adjusted to fit the requirements of hosting different events in the space. The high reaching form of the building also helps to create a new focal point for the pier itself, almost acting as its lighthouse, re-establishing the centre of the surrounding area back to its pier and docked PS Maid of the Loch, an historic model of Clyde-built ship engineering. The youth retreat sits over the water’s edge upon piles cladded with timber planks, providing the illusion that its floating on water like a docked vessel. Its colonnade section and angled form away from the performance hall, provides privacy and direct views over the River Leven and Loch Lomond, making it the perfect place to retreat to after an eventful day of performing.