The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a 143m long work of art which is currently the world’s longest embroidered tapestry. The tapestry depicts 12,000 years of Scottish history. Since its public unveiling in 2013, it has gone all over the country as a touring exhibit, however the time has come for it to lay down its roots permanently.
The development is a new, purpose built museum located within Galashiels, within the Scottish Borders. The building reflects much of the artistic flair of tapestry and in itself can be considered an artwork.
The museum contains a large dedicated display room, allowing the public access to the entire tapestry. Also included is a visitors shop, administration space and a café. Atelier Ten have considered and advised, in detail, the conditions required for the tapestry display, paying particular attention to the relative humidity and temperature of the environment within which the artwork shall be on show. The building utilises high thermal mass, low energy lighting, passive ventilation and daylight linking controls in order to achieve low energy performance.
A detailed lighting scheme, both internally and externally has been worked up in order to compliment the artistic impression created by the architectural team. This includes lighting of a number of externally statues as well as façade illumination.