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Moxon Architects Office

Ebony and ivory

A special site calls for a special response, and Moxon Architects’ new Cairngorms office delivers both. Nestled in a former quarry surrounded by heavy woodland, the architect’s office tips its cap to the Highland setting. The low-lying building has a ‘just discovered’ feel in this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Brushed Thermopine® Cladding Factory Coated with RAL 9005 + soffits coated with SiOO:X Light Grey | Moxon Architects | Timothy Soar Photography
Brushed Thermopine® Cladding Factory Coated with RAL 9005 | Moxon Architects | Timothy Soar Photography
Brushed Thermopine® Cladding Factory Coated with RAL 9005 + soffits coated with SiOO:X Light Grey | Moxon Architects | Timothy Soar Photography
Brushed Thermopine® Cladding Factory Coated with RAL 9005 + soffits coated with SiOO:X Light Grey | Moxon Architects | Timothy Soar Photography

Cladding contrast

Building materials reflect the vernacular architecture, with the black aluminium roof referencing the ‘tin’ roofs of farm barns. Yet it’s the cladding that’s the real star of the show, offering an eye-catching visual interplay between dark and light.

Brushed Thermopine®

The dark rainscreen cladding is crafted from Russwood Thermopine® factory coated black, a Scandinavian-grown Scots Pine which is modified with heat, steam and pressure to deliver enhanced stability. The timber is fixed using KompeFix® ventilation strips to reduce moisture and L-GoFix® screws for optimal performance and sharp detailing.

Brushed Thermopine® Cladding Factory Coated with RAL 9005 | Moxon Architects | Timothy Soar Photography
Brushed Thermopine® Cladding Factory Coated with RAL 9005 | Moxon Architects | Timothy Soar Photography
Brushed Thermopine® Cladding Factory Coated with RAL 9005 + soffits coated with SiOO:X Light Grey | Moxon Architects | Timothy Soar Photography
Brushed Thermopine® Cladding Factory Coated with RAL 9005 + soffits coated with SiOO:X Light Grey | Moxon Architects | Timothy Soar Photography

A host of awards

This dark cladding contrasts with SILA Select® Siberian Larch cladding on the walkway soffits. The stunning light opaque finish is achieved with SiOO:X coating in light grey, providing outstanding durability and a uniform weathered appearance. The project won a host of awards in 2021, including the American Institute of Architects UK Award, Architects Journal Award and Scottish Design Award.

Moxon began working with Russwood early in the design process to find products that were suitable, durable and also offered the best finish. This offered an opportunity to ensure the building is sustainably sourced and compatible with the design aspirations.

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Products Used

Thermopine®

Thermally modified Scandinavian Scots Pine, modified using only heat and steam.
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SILA Select® Siberian Larch

SILA Select® Siberian Larch cladding is a popular choice due to its versatility & excellent durability.
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SiOO:X

SiOO:X Wood Protection eliminates differential weathering and provides a consistently weathered tone.
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KompeFix®

Compensation strip designed to prevent direct contact between timber elements.
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L-GoFix® A2 Screws

Cladding screw for effective fixing and neat detailing.
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