Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre (Hafod Eryi)

Ray Hole Architects, Gwynedd, 2009


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The visitor centre sits in Snowdonia National Park 

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  • The visitor centre sits in Snowdonia National Park    
  • View from the visitor centre    
  • The buildings low profile is designed to keep views of the summit clear    
  • A bull nose detail wraps around the roof edge    
  • Granite cladding gives the building a bunker like appearance    
  • Granite cladding    
  • Rime frost covers the building in winter    
  • Frost hides architectural features during winter    
  • Wood-lined cosy interior    
  • Cafe    
  • Summit site plan    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Wall detail    
  • Bullnose detail    

Visitor centre and station for the Snowdon Mountain Railway built at the peak of Snowdon on the footprint of a former cafe

At 1,085m this visitor centre is the highest building in the UK and responds to one of the most extreme climatic locations in the world.

To optimise the volume and energy requirement the building has been carefully sculpted, using natural stone from the area to withstand the harsh weather, but also to reduce both its visual and wind signature.

The building is steel-framed, clad first in an aluminium shell with standing seams and then enveloped in granite; the stone was finished in situ.


  • Begun: Sep 2006
  • Completed: Sep 2009
  • Floor area: 700m2
  • Sectors: Arts and culture, Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £8.3M
  • Funding: European Union, Welsh Assembly, Snowdonia National Park Authority and public donations
  • Tender date: Jan 2006
  • Procurement: Guaranteed maximum price design and build contract
  • CO2 Emissions: 24kg/m2/year
  • Address: Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY, United Kingdom

Professional Team


  • Galvanised Steelwork: EvadX
  • Granite support systems: Halfen