Kielder Water and Forest Park is an ever changing ephemeral landscape. It is a manifestation of the people who planted the trees and formed the Dam as well as the natural environment. Kielder is a paradox, an artifice; an environment that supports occupation by people and animals alike. We are not only interested in this synthetic construct, but also the memories of the people and places that once occupied the land lost to the water.
Visitors to the site will be presented with an asymmetric, framed structure that dynamically transforms as it is viewed from differing approaches and arrival points. The perch is formed as a structure that directs views to the lost village of Plashets to the north. Sights are aligned within frames that draw reference from architectural motifs from the lost architecture of Plashetts. These frames direct the viewer to this missing village and draw on memories of past inhabitation.
The structure has been designed to provide inviting places for returning ospreys to pause and rest in safety. We have considered their welfare within the context of known requirements, but are keen draw on the local ornithological expertise should we have the opportunity to more forward with the project. We developed the concept as to allow room for development and evolution to support this.