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Repainting the Lake District

Part 1 Project 2023
Katie Phillips
Lancaster University | UK
Tourism in the Lake District has a strong link to its ecological degradation. The Romantics first made the Lakes a desirable destination through beautiful paintings and poetry, but the reality this day is far from these idealistic views. Therefore, this Learning Centre aims to re-paint this image, exposing the damage done by tourism whilst facilitating change both on site and in the wider Lakes. Challenging current public perceptions of the Lake District, and research facilitating the evolving public education strategies will take place in the Learning Centre. The timer-framed building is inspired by the bismuth crystal, a mineral mined in the Lakes, and sits on the site of an old villa. It provides a new focal point to Fell Foot, bringing life and energy into the site. A solar façade generates energy for the site, as well as ground source heat pumps below the car parks and next to the building. The wider Masterplan implements sustainable travel throughout the Lakes, including E-bike hire and drop off points, a wide-reaching Park and Ride system and new bike lanes that make sustainable travel more accessible, giving people the tools to reduce their carbon footprint whilst still enjoying the beauty of nature.
Katie Phillips


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