The Rural Studio

  • Private Commission
  • Isle of Tiree
  • Aug 2009 – Sep 2010

The Clients engaged Roots Design Workshop after holding a long standing ambition to renovate the ruin adjacent to their home. They wanted to create an art studio with workshop and gallery spaces and a self-contained apartment. The challenge was to make the studio flexible so the spaces could be interconnected or independent.

It was determined that the ruin was in too poor a condition to work with. Therefore, we cleared the site, preserving the stone, and working from the existing footprint designed a standardised timber frame. The wall panels became glazed screens allowing light to enter to the studio spaces. A series of timber shutters protect the glazing while allowing the occupant to alter the light conditions.

To reduce its impact on the skyline the building has a low profile and an internal courtyard to help break up the form. The downtaken stone was re-used as a wall cladding for the internal courtyard. The curved roof profile and recessed eaves acknowledges the architectural detailing in many of the local buildings.


Want to learn more?

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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The Rural Studio