John Muir Birthplace Trust, Dunbar

ohn Muir’s life and work has inspired people all over the world. Now the Dunbar birthplace of the pioneering conservationist has been transformed into a new visitor attraction. The stunning interpretative centre highlights the work and achievements of this remarkable man. Born in Dunbar in 1838, John Muir immigrated with his parents to the United States where he campaigned for the preservation of natural environments through his work as an environmentalist, geologist and botanist.

Underfloor heating was utilised for the ground floor as it is well suited to exhibit areas where wall space is a premium, also allowing for exhibits to be positioned anywhere on the floor space.

Richard Murphy Architects developed the design as a free-standing 3storey street and timber tower within the shell of the original house. The existing staircase at the rear of the site was retained for use in the new design and a previous back yard was roofed for a children’s/meeting area.