Kielder Qualitative Response
Kielder Observatory - A Qualitative Response   Building: Kielder Observatory, Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland Construction: July 2007 – May 2008 Architect: Charles Barclay Architects London A recent visit to this simple but alluring structure prompted me to put into words thoughts and feelings of the experience. The approach to Kielder Observatory is via a two kilometre track which winds itself through the rugged landscape offering many different vistas of the forest and water. Quite beautiful and alluring during daylight hours, it takes on a far more sinister persona in the blackness of the night. Dusk is approaching on a cold, windy April evening as our journey to the observatory begins. The wild landscape envelops us and whispers through the trees - enchanting, spiritual, peaceful. It is a strange sensation that takes precedent over any other thoughts of the “outside world”. The journey is continued in silence, contemplating the breathtaking beauty and anticipating this new addition to the landscape [...]

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