The clients request was to provide a building which would lift a run-down, monochrome, national embarrassment and re-establish John O Groats as a desirable destination.
The design responds to its harbour- front location facing the Pentland Firth with a street frontage of brightly-coloured gables, contrasting with the stark white of the restored Victorian baronial John O Groats House Hotel.
Inspiration came from Scandinavian fishing villages expressing the Norse heritage of Caithness and the traditional British beach hut. This provides a welcome splash of colour in a sometimes bleak landscape and signals to the world that something new has emerged from the dereliction.
£ 2.5 M