The Tea Caddy House was designed by Andy to fulfil the role of ‘everybody’s house’ within the Albert Drive project. The project was hosted by Tramway. This small community engagement tool was given wheels and trundled into position at key points int he project, on the Drive. Manufactured in tempered aluminium by Reeves Fabrication to an engineering solution by James McAvoy. The project ended with a final symposium in October 2013.
The starting point. Initial concept sketch.
Since then The Ghost of Water Row has won an RIAS Anual Award and was included in the short list for the Andrew Doolan Award for Best Building, gaining a special mention as one of the top 6 buildings in Scotland this year. Also, the project was shortlisted for an Arts & Business award.
Designed in collaboration with Ann Nisbett, drawings by Liam O’Sheah. Reinterpreting the format of a missing farm house in an exposed location. The house was developed as a composition of parts that define the approaches and spacial relationships to various gardens. The house pays homage to one glimpsed while walking in the Hamptons in upstate New York. A glimpse that suggested passage to a private courtyard from which the main house and the guest block could be accessed.
The ghosting has been conjured from 4 buildings that sat on Water Row between 1700 and 1929. Its not a replica but a distillation of the proportions and nature of those. Water row consisted of a number of such buildings which sat in a gentle relationship to a natural crossing or fording point of the river and later a sandstone slipway offering flush access to the water.
The ghost is made of pale Scottish Spruce and a Madras or Lace of pure cotton. This Lace is manufactured in Ayrshire by Morton Young and Borland on machinery that’s been running since the handlooms of Water row stopped flying in the early 1900 s. The pattern is “Guirlandes” which speaks for the Flemish trade on this river.It means Garlands and was used historically to represent Honor.
Edo Architecture have been commissioned to help the local community to map the site of Water Row and to create it’s own vision for use of its heritage. The focus currently is about saving – as a first strike – the very thing that attracted settlement at Govan in the first place, it’s safe pedestrian route to the river and the natural crossing point via the slipway. We are currently developing a museum of many small parts to be managed by the community of show people resident at Water Row. The work is being complimented by a commission by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project entitled Fair Glasgow.
Edo Architecture were asked to reconfigure and convert a series of redundant, granite, agricultural buildings, in rural Aberdeenshire, into two sustainable dwellings. The bedrooms and bathroom were located in the original granite steading. The living spaces are located in the new corten steel clad extension. The site, a real working place, is situated between huge industrial potato sheds and a 19th century farmhouse and mill that the steadings once served. The first house was completed towards the end of 2011.
(c) Photography Mark Osbourne
This Project involved the re-erection of Pod No 4 from the BBC’s Castaway 2000 Project, on the Isle of Muck. The original Pods were designed in direct response to the BBC Castaway survival brief and the landscape of the Island of Taransay. They were inhabited for a year on Taransay Island in the Outer Hebrides; in an extreme climate and on an SSSI.
The pod was flat packed and then re-built on the Island of Muck. The form of the Pods allow for minimal visual intrusion and have a more fitting aesthetic and purpose than the standard building of the Highlands and Islands – the common bungalow. The Pods aim to work with and complement a mountainous Landscape.
Cove Park is situated in 60 acres of hillside, over looking Loch Long, on the Rosneath Peninsula. The Park provides creative residencies to national and internationally renowned artists. Faced with an increasing number of artists and a short winter building programme of just 12 weeks, the design team had to explore fast track options for accommodation. The shipping container system was selected by the client and we worked with it in a minimise way. Pairing it back to a terrace of three accommodation units, each unit was formed from 2 x 12 x 20 foot containers, welded together and punctured to let the landscape in.
Images courtesy of Cove Park
The Rosneath Peninsula where this house is located has a dialogue with the maritime and military influences of the wider estuary. In balance this house sits quietly and reflects on the gentler tradition of the Atlantic Long House. Norsk tribes and their long barns were long a part of this landscape and these missing structures were used for housing the people, animals and apparatus of such a maritime culture. The archaeological record continues to establish their presence. Long fascinated by the missing record of our timber architecture we added this house back into the debate. A common way of framing some of this lost architecture was via Cruck framed green oak. The Crucks being formed through splitting naturally bent oak tree trunks in two and joining them via carpentry and pegging. All trees were selected, felled and in the main processed locally. The Longhouse aims to both sit in and soar over the landscape. In texture it mediates between hillside, roof, sea and sky. The form, the view, the aspect and the aspiration were lengthy and the aspiration moved out beyond the immediate horizon.
Edo Architecture were asked to design an outbuilding in the grounds of Mill O’ Braco House, in rural Aberdeenshire. The 60 sq metre outbuilding comprises of a workshop with storage space and a separate home working office. The building is constructed using locally sourced timber and won a sustainability award in 2008.