Cove Park is situated on a 50-acre site overlooking Loch Long on the Rosneath peninsula. Located on the fringes of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty.The site itself has a varied history. Initially farm land, it was used during the Second World War to store ammunition. Subsequently it became a conservation park, dedicated to the preservation of indigenous plants, flowers and wildlife. Cove Park maintains these environmental concerns: the site is home to highland cattle and sheep, and has fields set aside for wild orchids and other native plants.
Cove Park is a centre for established artists situated on the west coast of Scotland in 50 acres of spectacular countryside.
In 2002, Container City created three en-suite accommodation units (known as 'cubes') to act as artist retreats. In order to blend into the rural surroundings sliding glass doors were installed that lead out onto the decked balcony that extends over a lake with beautiful views of Loch Long.
Due to the success of the first three units, six more were commissioned and completed in 2006.
Cove Park has two distinct types of accommodation: Pods and Cubes. Chosen for the quality and innovation of their design, they provide imaginative, comfortable and flexible accommodation for the artists on residency and for other visitors to Cove Park.
In 2001 Cove Park purchased two of the original four Pods commissioned by the BBC for its Castaway 2000 programme. Designed by Andy McAvoy, the Pods were made from green oak and employed traditional methods of construction. Transported from Taransay in the Hebrides to Cove Park, the Pods were then upgraded by the architect to incorporate both living and work spaces.These turfed roof buildings blend in perfectly with the surrounding landscape. Both are furnished by Habitat and feature fitted kitchens, luxurious bathrooms and under floor heating. Both Oak and Taransay Pods have balconies that face towards Loch Long. Oak has two double bedrooms (both en-suite) with a large open-plan sitting and kitchen area. Taransay has two bedrooms with single bunk beds (both bedrooms are en-suite and have their own adjacent kitchen areas) and a large communal sitting room.
In 2002 Cove Park acquired three Cubes: converted freight containers joined together to produce individual units of accommodation. These units were designed and produced by Urban Space Management, London, in collaboration with Cove Park. In 2006 six new Cubes were installed, three of which serve as accommodation and three as studio/workspaces.The accommodation Cubes all have a kitchen/sitting area and shower room. Balconies over ponds run along the front façades, providing excellent views over to Loch Long. Five of the six Cubes have double beds; one Cube has a single bed and is fully equipped for the disabled. The 2006 Cubes were furnished by BoC
- Completed: 2002 and 2006
- Installation time: 3 days
- Architect / Developers: USM Ltd
- Location: Peaton Hill, Argyll & Bute
G84 0PE, Scotland
- Containers used: 6
- Units created: 3
- Use: Creative industries
live / work space