Zinc House is one of a number of architectural projects guided by ‘Place, Programme & Presence’ as a critical framework for the realisation of new buildings exploring the serial development of types.
Extending from rural dwellings to new funding and procurement strategies for design-led suburban developments, the work questions how we should build in the countryside. The primary aim of this practice based research remains to create of a new work which reconciles what Robert Venturi expressed in ‘Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture’ as ‘The Difficult Whole’, whereby all the contributing dimensions of a design, plan, section, structure, material expression etc appear seamlessly resolved.
The completed project has won both Scottish Design and RIAS awards, and was shortlisted in the RIBA ‘House of the Year’ award 2016.
- How to develop a new and appropriate serial language for domestic buildings in an agricultural context
- How to utilise serial design principles, notably the dialectic, as conceptual and critical tools in the production of a recognisable collective body of work and which, as individual pieces, address unique physical, economic and socio-cultural contexts.
- How to extend local rural building traditions and techniques to make a new and appropriate architecture acknowledging of heritage in the widest sense