AWARD-WINNING ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO IN A ROYAL NEIGHBOURHOOD.
Close to Balmoral Castle, in the Scottish Highlands, the now multi-award-winning office building and community café by Moxon Architects fits harmoniously into what is now woodland. Decades of use of this environment as a quarry have left an impressive and unique landscape structure at the site, which inspired the Aberdeenshire architectural team to create its distinctive lines. The aim was to create a harmonious unity with the surroundings through design and materials.
A design shows Kantefen.
A special aspect of the design was the low roof line, which could be implemented with Kalzip aluminium roofing – also in terms of material a perfect combination with the otherwise used wood from the region. Stylish and discreet, the roof design is a key aesthetic element, particularly due to its vertical use in this building to dramatically highlight key wall areas, including the café entrance. The roof line, runs parallel to the edge of the slope above and overall takes on an important role in the visual perception.
Form follows Function
But it was not only aesthetics that played a decisive role in the choice of a Kalzip aluminium roofing system, but also the issues of sustainability and, last but not least, the demanding climate of the region. Visually, they wanted to reflect the rural tradition, but in a sophisticated, modern way. Kalzip’s standing seam aluminium roof was the first choice here, as aluminium offers a denser finish than the steel or zinc usually used regionally – and it allows a flush appearance to be created with sharper edges. In terms of colour, the choice fell on a HighPerformanceCoating-System (HPC) in RAL 9011 with a 3% gloss level, as a modern homage to the local slate. The choice of colour was also the result of close collaboration with Kalzip.
Harmony with the surroundings
Every aspect was carefully thought through. Aberdeen-based roofing specialist Fowler McKenzie assisted the design team with the technical details to ensure the specification met all the aesthetic details but also the performance requirements of the building. Given Royal Deeside’s potentially harsh winter climate, a Kalzip® snow guard system was fitted, colour co-ordinated of course, to minimise visibility. Rain, on the other hand, is directed from the roof directly into a new marsh and wetland area and is an example of sustainable integration of building and landscape conservation.
Quarry Studios is the winner of the following awards:
- RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Best Building in Scotland 2022.
- Winner of the RIBA National Award 2022
- Winner of the RIAS Award 2022
- Winner of the Civic Trust Award 2022
- Project of the Year ASA Awards 2022
- Winner of the American Institute of Architects UK Award 2021
- Winner of the Architects’ Journal Award 2021
- Winner Scottish Design Award 2021
- Finalist BCIA Commercial Project of the Year 2021
Considered with care. KALZIP.
Yannick de Beauregard
August-Horch-Str. 20 – 22