"No concrete was used in the foundations, the building being supported on 10 galvanised steel mini-piles which were installed by hand. The roof is also galvanised steel from South Wales. On the face of it a steel roof might not seem the obvious sustainable choice, but with a high recycled content and being light, efficient and completely recyclable, steel scores well. Interior finishes are plasterboard and birch ply.The build will be one of 15 projects in an exhibition at the marvellous Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World which will go on tour to The Architecture Centre and beyond.Timber Design also designed a new studio for painter Sarah Gillespie using Western Red Cedar, wool, slate, oak and glass.Thanks to Annie Leymarie for the alert and Cameron for the photos.
"Although it has not been calculated, we are confident that this building stores more carbon in its fabric than it has used in its construction. This is achieved primarily through the extensive use of timber and local materials along with the avoidance of concrete and petrochemical products."
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
The lovely - and eco-friendly - Milton Studio in Devon was designed by Cameron Scott of Timber Designwhich specialises in timber architecture. It measures 5m x 3.5m for a client who wanted a contemporary piece of timber architecture which fitted comfortably into its natural surroundings and indeed the building opens out into its environment via a glass and a sliding wall. Most of the timber is locally sourced from the West Country while the walls are insulated with sheeps’ wool from Buckfastleigh, and the joinery was made five miles away by Kelvin White.Here's what Cameron says about the build:
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