Archaeolink Visitor Centre

Cullinan Studio, Aberdeenshire, 1997


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The artifical mound of the exhibition spaces and theatre  

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  • The artifical mound of the exhibition spaces and theatre     
  • The building merging into the landscape    
  • Exterior facade glazed wall and solar shades    
  • A lightweight bridge aligned with Dunnideer    
  • The glazed hallway on the eastern side    
  • Internal view of exhibition space    
  • Internal view of centre reception    
  • Internal view of restaurant    
  • Internal view of coloured service pods    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Cross section    
  • Axometric showing the coloured service pods    
  • Detail section at eaves and walkway    
  • Kay plan and section, cut away isometric    

Visitor centre built into the ground in the Aberdeenshire countryside consisting of exhibition space, theatre, education centre, shop and restaurant

Working with the Archaeolink Trust Edward Cullinan Architects designed a visitor centre to house an exhibition relating to the story of the region's rich archaeological history, while also providing a starting point for visits to the site.

The building has a grass roof rising as a conical hill over the exhibition galleries providing a platform from which to view local sites. The land is "folded" to form a sunken courtyard and entrance, with glass walls providing light and views to the restaurant and shop within.

The building was designed to need no heating in winter by trapping ground heat to achieve a steady state, much as in a cave.


  • Begun: May 1996
  • Completed: Jul 1997
  • Floor area: 11,502m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £2.5M
  • Procurement: JCT80 + amendments (Scottish) private without quantities
  • Address: Archaeolink Prehistory Park, Aberdeenshire, AB52 6QP, United Kingdom

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