Architecture+Design Scotland

Posted by benp

on February 18, 2011

Categories: Architecture, Our Studio, Photography


First post of the new year and thought i’d mention a bit about an exhibition i went to in Glasgow earlier this year.

The Natural Factory exhibition was held at the ‘Lighthouse’ designed by Glasgows most famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh with later modernisation and additional design by Gareth Hoskins Architects. The exhibition showcased the past, current and future uses of indigenous Scottish timber – from tree to paper – but in particular the potential to use timber as a building material. It is the first in a series exhibitions investigating sustainable construction products. One piece that really caught my eye was this staircase shown above, created by bonding layers of wood together along the line of the grain to create this amazing pattenation and texture when shaped and polished.

Also one of the architects showcasing their sustainable work was Gaia architects who specialise in sustainable and “PassivHaus” design. They are currently working on designs for Sam’s home in South Manchester which aims to get the PassivHaus standard of efficiency which typically achieve an energy saving of 90% compared to existing housing. We will keep you updated with progress on the design, but here’s an early design stage model of the project.