Tog Studio’s ‘Sitooterie’ Completed for the Salvation Army

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Roots Design Workshop’s Chris andTog Studio's 'Sitooterie', Edinburgh; photo by Neil Boyd Micheal recently took part in Tog Studio’s latest ‘live-build’; to deliver an outdoor seating pavilion for the Salvation Army at their Ashbrook LifeHouse in Edinburgh; the Sitooterie.

The project started when Tog Studio was contacted and asked to help the Salvation Army deliver an outside seating space for their residents.  A series of workshops were held between the Tog Studio team and the LifeHouse residents and staff in which design options were discussed and developed. Protoypes were then built of the preferred option before the structure was completed in three consecutive days by the residents and the Tog Studio team.

The design aims to create a flexible space, which can be used for a variety of purposes, taking advantage of the large garden site. The Sitooterie will provide an area to sit and enjoy the gardens and will also act as a covered space for BBQ’s, outdoor shows and other group activities. It was also positioned to ‘frame’ the view of a Monkey Puzzle Tree which is rumoured to have been planted by Queen Victoria.

The structure utilises a prefabricated ply box portal system, which was fabricated with the help of MAKLab. The frames of the structure are supported on simple paving slab footings and are clad in the BSW Rustic Range larch cladding and decking providing a partial enclosed space.

Chris commented, ‘Taking part in the Sitooterie project was one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life. It is always a great feeling to see a project finished that you’ve been involved with. But it was the experience of working with the residents, and their enthusiasm, focus and dedication that will live long in the memory.’

A film documenting the build can be viewed at the Tog Studio website.

Tog Studio deliver ‘live-build’ events. These are open to anyone with a passion for the craft of building; whether they are a student, an architect, an engineer, a trade apprentice or a member of the public. Tog Studio was conceived by a team of recent Scottish architecture and engineering graduates as a means to address the gaps they believed were missing from conventional education.  The emphasis is on teaching practical building skills and collaborative teamwork on real projects in beautiful locations. Tog is a Gaelic word meaning ‘build’, ‘raise’, ‘educate’ and ‘excite’; just what the team hopes to achieve.

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