Materials Library

  • Competition
  • The Lighthouse, Glasgow
  • Jun 2011

Roots Design Workshop, with Architectural Designer Iain Carroll, have developed a concept and design for a Materials Library, prompted by Architecture and Design Scotland’s (A+DS) recent competition.  The brief for the formal competition was to ‘produce a permanent resource for building professionals, students and the general public who have an interest in sustainable and ingenious Scottish building materials.’

Roots Design Workshop took this brief to create a bespoke design composed from a series of large vertical enclosed draws.  Made from sustainable Scottish timbers, the draws would create a hardwearing, flexible and interactive unit suitable for both storage and display.

Each material would be given its own draw that would contain physical samples, case studies and fact sheets. The ‘edge’ of each draw informs the user of the material and information described therein, which is revealed when the draw is pulled out.  The unit was to be freestanding to allow new draws to be added or so it could be set in an alternative location.


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If you have a building project in mind, or simply require specialist guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer free no obligation design consultations to help projects get started, so we would be delighted to hear from you.

Roots Design Workshop is a professionally accredited architectural practice. We specialise in contemporary designs of traditional rural buildings. We have particular expertise in sustainable, energy efficient solutions. We offer architectural design and project management services.  We have experience of working on restorations, alterations, extensions and new builds.  Our Clients range from private individuals to public national bodies.  We work on feasibility studies, planning permissions, building warrants, technical specification packages and can manage building work on site.

Our aim has been to make our services available to the isolated and under-served communities in rural Scotland.

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Materials Library