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David Douglas Pavilion

Scottish felled timber showcased in fitting tribute

Client: Scottish Forest Industries Cluster

Location: Pitlochry, Perthshire

Completed: 2003

Architect: Robin Baker

Requirements: Scottish grown timber, organic design

Awards: 2003 Wood Award

Built as a tribute to the Scottish 18th century Botanist whose work helped to define the British timber industry

David Douglas was a world famous 19th century botanist who made three plant hunting trips to North America and introduced Sitka Spruce, Sugar Pine, Western White Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Monterey Pine, Grand Fir, Noble Fir and several other conifers that transformed the British landscape and timber industry.

Over eighty species of plant and animal have ‘douglasii’ in their scientific names.

He is best known for identifying a conifer on an 1825 expedition in Canada – one of the timbers Carpenter Oak use for many of our projects – Douglas fir.

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