City Architecture Office won the commission to design this new café and amenity building as part of the St. Andrews Harbour Masterplan proposal (by City Design Co-operative Ltd), for Scottish Enterprise Fife.
The design team has considerable and growing experience of coastal/ harbour projects, in the wake of their Ayr Seafront success.
The City Architecture Office proposal both respects and adds to the existing harbour character by enhancing the unique qualities of the area. This is achieved by using a simple palette of materials that do not detract from the surrounding context. The new café represents an important opportunity to attract people to the area. It will help increase visitor numbers to the harbour, where it intersects with the Fife coastal path. In the future it may also provide interpretation facilities.
The building occupies a south-facing slope in front of the Abbey Wall, in proportion with adjacent 18th century cottages. A leaded oversailing monoptich roof allows the insertion of a north facing clearstorey. This device affords unrestricted views of the Abbey Wall through a highly transparent glazed frontage. This will be visible to passers by and diners within the building.
Contrasting views of the harbour, East Sands and the immediacy of the Abbey Wall add drama to the experience and richness created within the simple form.
WC and ancillary facilities are provided within stone/ render clad bays and the gables are expressed in stonework. The building cuts into the site to provide a outdoor quayside terrace and to conceal the kitchen facilities below ground level at the rear.