OCA were delighted to receive a high commendation award on behalf of Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray for their project at the head of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen. Winners of the Scottish Government's competition for projects along Scotland's promoted national Scenic Routes, this project provides visitor facilities (cafe kiosks, showers and toilets) alongside the Caledonian Canal. Oliver Chapman Architects provided professional support for this delightful project.
Oliver will be speaking at this year’s IAA convention at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. Invited speakers include Kengo Kuma, Karen Anderson, Rod Duncan, Colin Harris, Lateral North, Lucy Richards and Fiona Sinclair.
A link to the programme is available here and places can be booked by emailing bookings @highlandarchitects.org
It's only day two of our charrette for the Crinan Canal and we've already broken this year's record for best attended charrette. Lots of positive ideas, particularly regarding Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead's great waterfronts.
We are running a series of design workshop events across four days with Kevin Murray Associates in Mid Argyll. These will gather the views of local residents, businesses, land owners, community groups and other agencies to create a shared vision for the area aimed at maximising tourism and leisure opportunities alongside other business needs of the canal corridor and its communities.
OCA have received planning permission for this project in London - an extension and alterations to a semi-detached residence in Herne Hill. Rooms, staggered in plan, jostle to reach the sunny rear garden. The part of the design that is the extension pokes out beyond an two storey annex and uses sturdy masonry corners to mark out its territory in the garden. Sturdy corners mean that walls and retaining walls can share the same architectural expression.
Our work supporting Gavin and Sean, winners of the Scottish Scenic Routes design competition round three, is nearly complete. The project fits well on the same site as our two camping cabins and provides toilets, a shower and a cafe kiosk for tourists on this well used route through the Great Glen.
Our first two camping pods are taking shape on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, in the beautiful setting of Laggan Lock at the north end of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen. Oliver Chapman Architects are also supporting the winners of the Scottish Government's Scottish Scenic Route initiative, young architects Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray, with their design for WC and café kiosk facilities.
Oliver Chapman Architects' Skerrie House near Anstruther has been published in architecture magazine Arhitext as part of a feature on 'Local Resonances: Houses near Water'.
"The projects express the crossing of a limit and the establishment of a connection, either in a literal, symbolic or metaphorical way. In the O House [Sou Fujimoto Architects], the planimetric configuration and the pellicle of the glass surface poetically envision a crossing through the particles of the ocean, [while] the Skerrie House materialises a latent connection with the sea."
The team from Oliver Chapman Architects had a great time on Friday night trying out their latest completed project, which has just opened its doors in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Dr Knox's Enigma is a live puzzle game featuring codes to crack, clues to find, and riddles to solve, all centred around the mystery of the body-snatchers in 19th Century Edinburgh. Our team managed to solve the mystery within the allotted time-slot (with a little help from our friends), and we can't wait to go back to try out another puzzle soon!
Project Architect: Akiko Kobayashi | Client: Puzzlemonkey Ltd
Oliver Chapman Architects have been nominated as a finalist in the Residential category of the 2015 Scottish Design Awards for our Merchiston Apartments in Edinburgh.
The winners will be revealed at an Awards Ceremony on the 21st of May.... we're keeping our fingers crossed!
Oliver Chapman Architects have been invited to display work at an exhibition in Lille, France, at the Maison de l'architecture et de la ville Nord-Pas de Calais. The exhibition focuses on architectural design for clients with disabilities, and will include a feature on our Todlaw Supported Housing in Duns, alongside other architectural projects from across Europe.
The exhibition runs from 14th April - 20th June 2015, and entry is free.
Our new build flats in Merchiston for Wemyss Properties are now complete and we were delighted to learn that all eleven flats are now sold.
Ogilvie construction acted as main contractors delivering the build. The design features a carefully articulated and detailed limestone and rendered façade with recessed balconies responding to the scale and setting of mature trees and Victorian Villas along Polwarth Terrace; the glazed penthouse level offers dramatic views south toward Craiglockart and Corstorphine Hills.
We have been appointed by Bridge 8, a Social Enterprise Group that created Edinburgh’s first canal-based outdoor activity centre, to develop a site-wide regeneration strategy in West Calder along with Harrison Stevens landscape Architects. These proposals seek to enhance visitor capacity for activities such as Kayaking, paddle-boarding, biking and climbing both locally and further afield. Our proposals involve flexible off-site construction techniques to accommodate the evolving future needs of the centre.
We have been working with Scottish Canals, Aecom and Harrison Stevens to create new visitor facilities and camping pods at Laggan Lock. Through this commission we have been delighted to have been supporting the Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative which has involved collaborating with Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray, two successful winners of the Scenic Routes competition. This Scottish Government funded initiative aims to promote and mentor recently graduated Architects via partnerships with established practices through creation of a network of sensitive new visitor attractions along the Canal Network and Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park.
Following our success in a selected competition, we are delighted to have been developing designs with Macfie Hall Trust to adapt and extend the existing hall to maximise its potential for a wider programme of community use and as a destination within the Scottish borders.
We have been working with Stewart Milne Group to create a new visitor centre as part of a new master-plan for Countesswells outside Aberdeen. The new mixed use development features over 3000 homes, shops, and new education and medical facilities.
The folded zinc form of the visitor centre creates a light and welcoming destination which ties into a wider landscape strategy developed by OPEN to encourage pedestrian movement through the site, connecting existing woodland and waterways with new leisure and equestrian routes.
We are delighted that our project to reconfigure a Victorian Villa in Edinburgh was featured in Homes and Interiors Scotland.
The project involved reconfiguring a sequence of spaces from the entrance right through to the rear to allow fluidity, maximise natural daylight and make better use of the footprint with the addition of a new garden room.
OCA has received a further boost to its sustainable design credentials, as both Michael and Oliver are now RIAS Sustainable accredited architects.
The scheme recognises architects for their commitment through completed projects to deliver exemplary sustainable architecture through innovation, management and research.