GIA Design Awards Success

, Subject : Recognition

tog studio, a new live-build summer school involving Roots Design Workshop Directors Chris and Micheal, is delighted to announce its success at the Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Awards on 09/11/2012. The tog studio team were recognised for their ambitious project to design and build a temporary timber lighthouse on the remote, windswept Isle of Tiree.

The project was announced winner in the ‘Small Works’ category, and the team were also presented with the ‘Wood for Good Award’ in acknowledgement of the technical excellence of the design, and innovative use of homegrown Scottish timber.

The lighthouse project was the first to be delivered by tog studio, a new live-build summer school established by a team which includes Chris and Micheal from Roots Design Workshop.

‘Tog’ is a Gaelic word meaning to ‘build’, ‘raise’, ‘educate’ and ‘excite’. This word captures the aspirations of the team behind tog studio, who believe that the inclusion of practical, cross-disciplinary experience in architecture and engineering education is fundamentally important in driving the future quality of Scottish buildings.

The lighthouse was built at Hynish, a site of historical significance which was used as a base by stone masons from Aberdeen during the construction of Alan Stevenson’s Skerryvore lighthouse on a treacherous reef to the south of the island in the 1800s. In the spirit of this journey a group of 12 students and practitioners came to Tiree to build a beacon that would mark the launch of the annual tog studio and demonstrate what can be achieved through hard work and collaboration in the face of the fierce Scottish elements.

Over the course of a week in June, the team marked out, cut and assembled the timber components by hand on site. This provided a unique experience for a group of individuals that were more adept to drawing than sawing timber. The completed temporary building was then opened to the public offering local residents a chance to savour a unique perspective on this flat and picturesque island landscape.

The tog lighthouse-building experience was captured in film by the Scottish film-maker Martin Glegg. This film has received international recognition for its illustration of the creative process at the Architecture and Design Film Festival, New York 2012, where it premiered in Tribeca Cinemas in October. The film can be viewed at the tog studio website.

An exhibition of this project is currently on show on level 2 of The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

Micheal Holliday, a Co-Founder of tog studio and Director at Roots Design Workshop said, ‘We set up the tog studio live-build summer school for three reasons; to teach designers about the practical realities of construction, to demonstrate the importance of integrating architecture and engineering, and to create a beautiful structure. Our experience of building the lighthouse with old and new friends led us to believe that these ambitions had been met. So to be recognised of winning two GIA Design Awards on top of this is immensely satisfying.’

Lynne Cox, a Co-Founder of tog studio added, ‘It is beyond fantastic that our first summer school project has gained this level of recognition from the professional community. We are encouraged by the support shown by the GIA. I believe tog studio will have a profound impact on the way young designers think about construction, and I hope that we build upon this success to deliver a lasting legacy of contemporary built projects in Scotland.’

tog studio will be announcing their next summer school project for June 2013 in the new year. Follow tog studio on Twitter @tog_studio to find out what they are doing next.

The tog studio team would like to thank the sponsors of the tog 2012 summer school – BSW Timber Group and Spirafix.

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