The concept reinvents the tunnel as a route, digital art gallery and performance space, creates a hotel and geothermal spa at the eastern entrance, and an art gallery and community facilities to the west. Conceived as a series of tectonic plates, the hotel is nestled into the undulating landscape like a piece of embedded land art. An exoskeleton of digitally constructed timber ribs alludes to the movement of a train as it disappears into the tunnel. Referencing local rail heritage, the art gallery is conceived as a lump of coal with scorched black timber cladding elevated above the tunnel entrance on stilts.
Working alongside digital art consultancy Lumen Art Projects, ideas were explored for innovative installations that would tell tales of the tunnels past.