Hinterland marked the official launch of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016 and was a key highlight in the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design. Over ten nights from 18 – 27 March 2016, sell-out audiences explored St Peter’s Seminary, one of Scotland’s most important modernist buildings, for the first time in thirty years. This immense public artwork introduced the long term plans for the site and celebrated the journey of transition of this architectural icon.


As dusk fell to darkness, a walked route weaved through atmospheric woodland towards the abandoned building complex. Hinterland revealed the full glory of the towering concrete ruin, combining moving light installations and projection with a haunting choral soundscape by composer Rory Boyle, recorded by the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir of the University of St Andrews.

NOVAK designed and produced all projection elements, that were intricately projection mapped onto the interior of the modernist masterpiece.

Hinterland was produced by NVA to launch Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016, as a key highlight in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. The Hinterland film was created by cinematographer and filmmaker Julian Schwanitz.

Photography by Alan McAteer and Alaisdair Smith

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