Glenluce Musicians Retreat: explorations in music & society
The proposed facility will allow twelve young musicians to come together for a period of around six months to facilitate the making of music, liberated from the demands of everyday life and offering them the opportunity to develop greater self-awareness and understanding of both internal and external relationships.
The unique facility that you propose will allow this small group to come together, to experience community and privacy; simplicity and complexity as they develop areas of personal growth in a holistic way.
The common ground will be the making of music; the ‘musical ensemble’ maybe regarded as a metaphor for society, and will require the group to contribute, in harmony in both their making of music and the more mundane aspects of
Sustainability in both the built fabric and the proposed lifestyle is a priority to be approached with a holistic attitude, considering carefully how human qualitative requirements and the technological demands can compliment one another, and how the retreat will function on both daily and seasonal cycles.
My proposal for an off-grid Musicians’ Retreat, at Glenluce in Dumfries & Galloway, centres on the site being a resource. This fertile land was chosen centuries ago by cistercian monks for their community.
However the site is fertile because it is part of the flood plain of the Water of Luce. I have strategically raised my building by 1.5 m above the current site to protect it from flooding, because I see this as the most sustainable approach.
This approach also allows functional components, such as composting toilets, to be maintained
easily whilst at the same time enhancing the sense of retreat.
I also plan to add trees to the site for biomass fuel production, that will also rehabilitate the landscape to how it was even before the monks arrived.