RIAS Design Awards 2012 - Morning Glass Studios, Alford

Morning Glass Studio

Coast2Coast Architects has been nominated for the RIAS Design Awards 2012 Forestry Commission Scotland Wood for Good Award for their design work on a new artist studio in Alford.

Morning Glass Studio was built specifically around the needs of Gordon Watt, an established stained glass designer who lives and works in rural Aberdeenshire in the small village of Alford.

The studio comprises a number of workshop spaces and a small office, located in a newly planted woodland paddock adjacent to the artists’ home. Conceived as a zero-carbon minimalist timber structure set in the woodland landscape this building is constructed entirely of locally sourced timber materials. Over the years it is intended that the timber weathers naturally and the building it-self fades back into the camouflage of the trees.

The timber-framed building is clad in Larch with a tin roof and houses an office, studio, glass store and workshop. Total floor area is approximately 75m2, with an office, workroom, glass store and cementing/woodworking area. Large sliding doors open up the cementing rooms and the glass store for ventilation, deliveries and views of the surrounding woods and fields.

Local timber suppliers, expertise & craftsmanship has been used throughout:

  • Client & Project Manager - Gordon Watt, Morning Glass Designs
  • Principal Contractor - Steve Raper, Alford, Aberdeenshire.
  • Structural Timber - Craigievar Timber, Muir of Fowlis, Alford, Aberdeenshire
  • External Cladding - Russwood Ltd, Newtonmore, Inverness-shire.
  • Windows & Doors - Treecraft Woodwork Ltd, Dornoch, Sutherland