Lunch Hut

A contemporary pavilion on the heather moor

“The lunch hut on the grouse moor has long been a place for the grand to slum it.” Adam Edwards

Historically, the lunch hut is a simple structure offering shelter, warmth and a place to eat during the shoot. Here the lunch hut is reinterpreted into a contemporary pavilion. The final three design options are presented; the pier, the pair and the cluster.

The pier is a single dramatic object which can project out over the landscape. It is alien and clearly distinct from its setting. It enhances the diner’s experience of the landscape providing an elevated view, in contrast to the gun butt; set down into the landscape. The contrast is further expressed through the choice of materials. The pier is expressed as an engineered form, clean, precise and not liable to weathering.

The pair creates two objects converse with each other. The relationship between the forms, the potential contrast in their materials and the expression of the gap that exists between them creates a dynamic composition of forms that can sympathetically sit into the landscape. There are opportunities to frame multiple views and to arrange the accommodation over a number of levels setting down into the landscape. 

The cluster presents a collection of three or more sympathetic objects with different volumes. The overall bulk and mass of the accommodation is broken down and expressed as individual elements.  The cluster can nestle into the landscape and can be arranged to contain the external terrace space, offering protection from the elements.

The heather moorland of the grouse is intensively managed to maximise numbers. These habitats are essential for the persistence of a wide range of other British wildlife, and consequently it has been suggested that field sports can provide valuable tools for wildlife conservation in the UK, without the need for governmental subsidies or protective legislation.