©2019 by UNIT 17, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Iman Nur-Hanisa Mohd Hadzhalie

imanhadzhalie@hotmail.co.uk

Natural purple dye in the Orkney Islands has become increasingly scarce due to the concerningly low population of
the endangered purple flora. In response, a natural dyeing mill produces natural dye using the traditional process of
fermenting lichen, as an alternative sustainable solution to using purple flora. 

The facade of the proposal operates like
a loom, submerging screens of thread into rich purple dye pools which are later woven. The building rejuvinates the
abandoned ruin of the Palace of Birsay, connecting with the rich heritage of the Orkney archipelago whilst creating a
new future.