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Rural Office for Architecture  An award winning practice based in rural Wales. Winner of RIBA House of the Year 2017

Exhibition: Prototypes & Experiments

Packing models for London today, being sent to @thearamgallery for their new exhibition which opens in a fortnight.

A range of prototypes charting the process of making from concept to construction, all using the same origami technique.
Kieran's been making beautiful models since he arrived 8 years ago. Bit of a legend.

#design #architecture #models #origami #prototypes #exhibition #London #ruralofficeforarchitecture #coventgarden #thearamgallery

Site Visit: Tywi Estuary

Sitting on the banks of the Tywi river today looking at a new site for a dwelling, discussing Sea Bass and the history (and rights) of fishing by Coracle.
Some site visits can be an education.

#fishing #sitevisit #tywiriver #carmarthen #ruralofficeforarchitecture #coracle #seabass

Cast Iron Stair Bridge

The former access across the brook to the public convenience. A whole collision of building periods and technologies. No longer in use.

#bridge #bridgedesign #castiron #heritage #architecturalsalvage #builtheritage #conservation #valleys #ruralofficeforarchitecture

Research: Herbert Luck North

Revisiting the work of Luck North this morning, working through his detailing for dash applications, particularly the treatment of head, cill & buttress. This is Church of the Holy Spirit, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, built between 1934-6. It's my favourite of his ecclesiastical works, however like many from this period it's been extended and butchered in the process to reflect the needs of the congregation (see second image). This commission followed his work at St. Winifred's School in Llanfairfechan, where he designed the permanent chapel to the north side of the quad. Sadly nothing remains of the chapel or the school which contained many buildings by the architect - all was demolished in 1970 to make way for housing.

The design for the Holy Spirit is Gothic in style, so paired back it is ascetic and modern in execution, but with the odd faint decorative Arts and Crafts motifs to the interior. I'm yet to visit.

#herbertlucknorth #churchbuildings #church #research #welshheritage #royalcommission #RCAHMW #artsandcrafts #ruralofficeforarchitecture #architecture #Wales

In Search of the Vernacular

I'll be speaking again in Carmarthen @oriel_myrddin on Saturday the 28th July at 2pm on Regionalism and the vernacular in the third of my summer talks. This is to coincide with the opening of the new exhibition by @haptictacit which will open after the talk.

Mi fyddaf yn siarad eto yng Nghaerfyrddin ar dydd Sadwrn yr 28ain o Orffennaf am 2y.p. ar Ranbarthiriaeth â'r cynhenid yn y trydydd o'm sgyrsiau dros yr haf. Mae hyn i gyd-fynd ag agoriad o'r arddangosfa newydd gan Haptic / Tacit a fydd yn agor ar ôl y sgwrs.

#regionalism #vernacular #gallerytalk #Carmarthen #ruralofficeforarchitecture

Self build

The wedge is now fully clad so we'll starting wrapping today. The pile of stones in the foreground is the old house.

Nice to be up at this time of day sharing the space with birdlife and my hungry cat.

#selfbuild #granddesigns #Wales #architecture #sunrise #dawn #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #ruralofficeforarchitecture

GEN-AN (Fantasy Villa)

Discussing this with Takero Shimazaki on a long hot train journey today across the UK's parched landscape.

Osamu Ishiyama's Fantasy Villa in Shinshiro, Aichi, Japan. Built in 1975, Ishiyama coined the term “direct dealing”, meaning consumers could bypass conventional commercial networks that made housing and architects more expensive.

The results were intriguing.

#research #japan #architecture #sustainability #selfbuild #offgrid #offgridliving #oneplanetliving

Work in progress: Galen

Sometimes projects go pearshaped; this one appears to be one of those. Chronically slow site progress, a strange procurement (without our involvement), an even stranger sequence of works and a window manufacturer going bust 2 weeks before delivery.

Fortunately the windows have been recovered from Estonia and arrive on Tuesday, so six months later than planned the building will be watertight.

There's no issue with quality, but for a couple in their retirement the speed of progress is painful.

#granddesigns #coastalliving #ruralofficeforarchitecture #site

Farm

Tonight's welcoming committee.
Very vocal and funny.
Glad to be home after a long week.

#selfbuild #granddesigns #ruralofficeforarchitecture #rurallife #countrylife

Self build: Abstract

Early morning contemplation on the form and asymmetry of the main facade to our new home. The offset fenestration mimicking the hearth spacing of traditional vernacular forms. The settlement is slowly coming together with garden spaces & choreographed vistas starting to reveal themselves in amongst the debris.

#selfbuild #granddesigns #ruralofficeforarchitecture #geometry #asymetrical #facade #countrylife

Self build: Wrapping

Walls completed today, we tackle the roof tomorrow. Working with a great local team led by Iwan. A happy trade off giving his son work experience at the office this week.

It's all new territory for them with the process & linings, but their application is exemplary.

RHM Phil managing the day to day as I keep the wheels moving in the office.

#selfbuild #Wales
#architecture #granddesigns #sitecarpenter #countrylife #timberframe #passivhaus #TRADA #ruraloffice #rurallife

Self build: Loading out

Preparing for Monday's next phase of development with all the insulation now on site. A lot to do this weekend but the weather helps enormously.

Making hay while the sun shines ... #selfbuild #Wales #architecture #granddesigns #countrylife #ruralofficeforarchitecture

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