5 new Case Studies focussing on materials

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Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials presents 5 new case studies which showcase a variety of sustainable materials…

House at Camusdarrach Sands
House at Camusdarrach Sands by Raw Architecture Workshop in Morar, Inverness-shire is a new-build timber house benefits from the use of boat building techniques which reinforce the original concept – that the building should appear simply as another partly submerged rugged form, surrounded by wild grass.

Materials Featured: Plywood, Cedar Cladding

Inn at John O’ Groats by GLM is a timber frame hotel extension which showcases locally available skills and materials in a prominent location.

Materials Featured: Timber Frame, Larch cladding

Cultybraggan Hut One by John Gilbert Architects near Comrie, Perthshire demonstrates how a Nissen Hut on a former Prisoner of War camp could be upgraded – retrofitting the structure with innovative insulation products to create a warm and functional space.

Materials Featured: Sheep’s Wool, Recycled Plastic Insulation, Hemp batts, Recycled Cotton Insulation, wood fibre insulation.

Brockloch Bothy
Brochloch Bothy by Echo Living in Dumfries and Galloway  is an off-grid modular holiday home features a Cross Laminated Timber structure kept cosy with Sheep’s Wool insulation.

Materials Featured: Cross Laminated Timber, Scottish Larch, clay paint, Sheep’s wool insulation

Arcadia Nursery Play Garden
Arcadia Nursery Play Garden in Edinburgh by erz offers innovative spaces for play and learning. The gardens are action packed and fun filled, showing you can use timber to create contemporary play spaces, without resorting to standard and mass produced metal and plastic play furniture.

Materials Featured: Scottish Larch, green oak, beech, living willow

Image Credits: House at Camusdarrach Sands – David Barbour, Inn at John O ‘ Groats – Pip Rustage, Brocklock Bothy – Alisdair Macintosh, Cultybraggan Hut One – Tom Manley, Arcadia Nursery Play Garden – Christopher Swan.


Case Study 36 – Brockloch Bothy

This off-grid modular holiday home features a Cross Laminated Timber structure kept cosy with Sheep’s Wool insulation.

Case Study 35 – Cultybraggan Hut One

Originally conceived as a temporary building, this WW2 Nissen hut has been secured for another generation using innovative construction materials.

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