My name is Greig Munro & I am an Architect. I love architecture The things that excite me now are definitely not what I was interested in when I was at University. Design & mixed use urban development projects. I worked in Oslo, Trondheim I felt like I was apprentice to Alvar Alto (except he was in Helsinki and I never worked for him) I was enthralled by how a designer ‘created’ & ‘captured’ the ‘spirit’ of a nation How Alto gave a national ‘identity’ to a period where the Finnish people had none. Desire for Regional Architecture, ‘regionalism’ and all things Local. & the importance of a ‘sense of place’ I moved back to Scotland from the USA to live in the Highlands of Scotland. This was the Place that I was drawn to. Qualified 15 years ago – only just feel that I know enough to be useful. So now we are a small 2 person practice – in the north of Scotland Often referred to as Village Architects (which I have now begun to take as a complement) Our work is varied but with a consistent theme - core belief as we go through this talk. Out work is small scale, partly because that is the economy of the area we live in. Partly it is because it lets us work on the detail with real people, Builders & Homeowners who are motivated by Quality & Economy Economy of resources, economy of Cost, economy of Design.
The 2 buildings I am going to focus on were started in 2004. Now over 5 years ago. Neither are about (big) ideas. To be honest neither are that Refined First attempts at building something the Way we believed (all buildings) should be built. - Environmental construction - Using Benign materials. - Using Local produce - & Local skills The things we learnt on these 2 projects has informed our work hugely While this talk may appear Critical of these projects - they were important because they moved our Ideas forward People say “Devil is in the Detail” Architecture is in the Detail – as you will see. Without detail of how things are put together you have only Ideas. These projects Made us understand the implications of decisions Better ways of how we might do things To then Refine & Enhance what we had done before for our next project. Continuous learning – get used to it. I find it scary that now our projects are winning Awards (5yrs on) They are out of date our Ideas have moved forward.
Started 2004 Completed 2008 Build Cost £750,000 Built in 5 phases depending on the availability of Funds. Just been shortlisted in the Scottish Design Awards category for Sustainable Design Its not a grant project. Big shed.
Big Shed Designed to be able to grow as the Client developed their Business Plan and secured Funding.
Base Boards Copper Flashing around window openings.
Locally available skills Coppersmiths from Moray distilling – “mash tuns”
9.6 KW Photo Voltaic active solar roof panels Augments low energy electric lighting Supposed to be sun slates – roof configured exactly for tile mounted system - timing meant new canopy designed
Randy Klinger - Moray Art Centre, Scotland
Randy Klinger Director Moray Art Centre Scotland
Overview Introduction to Moray Art Centre Fabric of the Building Construction to Specification Exhibition Case Study A Model of Sustainability Behind the Dawn