Plans unveiled for Scotland’s first ‘living building’

by Sion Geschwindt
The accreditation is for self-sufficient regenerative buildings that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature and community.

Scottish private school Dollar Academy has unveiled plans for a dome-shaped building that aims to become Scotland’s first Living Building Challenge accredited structure.

The accreditation is for self-sufficient regenerative buildings that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature and community.

The dome-shaped structure has been designed by Grimshaw, an international architecture practice led by chair Andrew Whalley OBE.

The new home of the Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (credit: Grimshaw)

The building will serve as the home of the Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA), an educational programme that offers free courses and challenges for young people who want to help build a sustainable future.

FIDA was launched last year to enable young people to work with experts from industry and universities to better understand and design solutions to some of the most complex challenges, such as climate change and poverty.

FIDA has established a partnership with Scotland’s International Environment Centre, Clackmannanshire Council and the University of Stirling, exploring how a sustainable business accelerator could take the ideas generated by young people and turn them into reality, fostering entrepreneurism and empowerment.

Main image: An artist’s impression of the interior design of the new FIDA building (credit: Grimshaw)


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