The Dunmore Pineapple is an 18th century summerhouse building with a giant stone pineapple as its central architectural feature. It is located in Dunmore Park, in Stirlingshire, Scotland, and has been described as one of the United Kingdom's greatest follies, and 'the most bizarre building in Scotland'.
The two-storey building contained a hothouse and was built around the time of 1761 by John Murray, the 4th Earl of Dunmore. The hothouse was used, among other things, for growing pineapples which were considered to be exotic fruit that travelers to the Indies and America would bring back as trophies.
The pineapple is around 14 m high and is intricately carved in stone to form an elaborate cupola on top of an octagonal pavilion. Conventional architraves put out shoots and end as stone-shaped 'prickly leaves'. According to its intended purpose as a hothouse, the walls are of double construction with a cavity for the circulation of hot air.
The stones are graded in such a way that water cannot collect anywhere. The base of each leaf is in fact higher than it appears when viewed from below, so that the rainwater drains away easily from the higher parts.
The Dunmore Estate was broken up and sold in 1970. The lot that contained the summerhouse and large walled garden was given to the National Trust for Scotland. They in turn, leased it to the Landmark Trust who set about restoring the building. In 2014, they made the building available to the public as rentable holiday accommodation.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
IHBC Vice Chair Kathy Davies was a delegate at the APPG on 13/03 which asked, ‘Will the NPPF Review deliver the homes the country needs’ - all concluded : ‘Not a chance!’.
IHBC Northern Ireland Branch Chair Andrew McClelland introduced early thoughts for the 2018 Belfast School – now coming up fast, in June 21-3. View the video…
From up to c.£1.8+M of costed work this week: Haringey Council’s Bruce Grove Toilet Restoration project, closing 26/03, valued £25-50K.
David McDonald, President & Carla Pianese, Support Officer, represented the IHBC’s outreach and recruitment stand at the conference.
2017 - 60th anniversary of the death of Violet Pinwill who in 50+ years as a woodcarver produced a body of work seen in more than 300 churches in Devon and Cornwall.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has unveiled a new £12 million investment plan for conservation projects on some of Scotland’s most iconic historic sites.
Highways England has highlighted how the iconic Spaghetti Junction structure is set to be immortalised at the new LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Birmingham.