A new entrance feature to the Raithwaite Hall Hotel and Country Retreat has been submitted for planning approval using the historic Whitby whalebones.
The contemporary design approach was developed following strong initial concepts using the baleen structure of a whales mouth as a starting point. This led to a tensile steel structure strategy supporting the bones that evoked Whitby’s strong fishing heritage and a stunning structural elegance. Yorkshire Sculptural culture is further celebrated with the composition of the bones and arrangement of the tensile threads reminiscent of the work of Barbara Hepworth. The dynamic form created would change as the observer progresses along the main road; providing an amazing impact. At the right moment to the passing observer, the negative space of the mathematical curve created by the bones and wires will frame the valley beyond.