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.
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.
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.
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.