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Loader Monteith provides charred-timber-clad workplace to brownfield web site


Scottish structure studio Loader Monteith has designed an workplace with a mono-pitched roof, together with two non-public residences, for mountain bike tour operator H&I Adventures on a sloping brownfield web site in Scotland.

Positioned in Inverness, northern Scotland, the two-story workplace constructing encompasses a steep mono-pitched roof and is outlined by its charred timber cladding and black metallic detailing – supplies chosen to maximise its sturdiness.

Loader Monteith charred timber office and residence
The workplace and residence characteristic charred timber cladding and metallic detailing

Loader Monteith additionally designed a single-story, neighbouring home with a timber-frame building for the 5,600-square-metre web site. The primary of two deliberate residences, it’s distinguished by its decrease peak and butterfly roof.

The constructions share a timber-and-metal materials palette designed to create a “frequent language”, the studio stated.

Loader Monteith charred timber office and residence
Timber cladding provides depth and texture to the butterfly roof of the residence

“A big a part of the fabric choice was pushed by the purchasers and their want for a putting visibility of their work premises,” director of Loader Monteith Matt Loader instructed Dezeen.

“We needed to use a rigour to the cladding on each homes and the workplace,” he added. “This has led to various completely different board widths and depths getting used.”

Loader Monteith charred timber office and residence
A communal kitchen and dwelling area opens as much as a landscaped backyard

Internally, the bottom flooring of the workplace has a kitchen, communal area and bike workshop, in addition to two altering rooms with showers for guests.

A floor-to-ceiling nook window within the kitchen supplies views of the encircling rural panorama, whereas sliding doorways give entry to a landscaped yard.

An open-plan workplace space, outlined by polished concrete flooring, timber ceiling panels and white partitions supplies a gathering area for employees members on the higher flooring.

Based on the studio, the nice and cozy interiors purpose to emphasize views of the close by firth and tree canopies to create “shut connections to the panorama”.

Loader Monteith charred timber office and residence
A heat materials palette is used within the open-plan kitchen and adjoining dwelling space

The residence options an open-plan kitchen that steps down right into a communal space, following the type of the sloping web site.

A highly-insulated timber body building reduces warmth loss within the non-public residence, whereas openings enable for cross air flow in the summertime months.

Loader Monteith charred timber office and residence
The mono-pitched workplace area has polished concrete flooring, timber panels and white partitions

The constructing is powered by photo voltaic power, which can also be saved in an built-in powerwall battery to optimise its power effectivity and value.

The identical low-energy methods and supplies will characteristic within the second residence, on account of be constructed subsequent 12 months.

Loader Monteith is an structure observe based mostly in Scotland based by Matt Loader and Iain Monteith. Since its opening in 2016, the studio has accomplished numerous initiatives in Scotland together with a handmade utilizing reclaimed stone and purple aluminium, and a restoration of Peter Womersley’s Excessive Sunderland home.

The images is by Henry Woide.


Mission credit:

Architect: Loader Monteith
Mission workforce: Matt Loader (each buildings), Louis Wiszniewski (workplace), Iain King (home)
Purchasers:  Catherine Shearer and Euan Wilson, H&I Adventures
Structural engineer: Adam Hemmings Structural Options
Primary contractor: Aspen

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