Complexity

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Complexity

Simplicity is good , complexity is bad! Over simplifying it more than just a little but somewhat true all the same. The picture at the head of this post is a marble run which my son received from Santa. over 500 parts! boasted the box, as if the number of parts was a measure if […]

St. Nicholas house

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I walked past St Nicholas house, the former home of the city council, a week or so ago and snapped this photo of its death wrap. Almost as if contained in a shroud, it stands waiting for its own demise. In the years leading up to the council moving out of the building there had […]

Castle Fraser – Aberdeenshire

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Castle Fraser – Aberdeenshire

  We had the pleasure on a warm summer day to spend some time in the shadow of Castle Fraser. The event was a jousting tournament and while it was a great day for the kids I couldn’t stop looking at the Castle. I’m embarrassed to say I knew nothing about the castle, it is […]

Quirks

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Quirks

There is a joke in architectural circles that you can spot a rendered image because the creator has ‘put a bird on it’ (meaning that in an effort to make it look real, a blank boring sky wasn’t enough) In the case of this image, the birds are actually there (though not real). They hang […]

Steading Conversions

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Steading Conversions

There is something about derelict farm buildings which makes for interesting conversions, whether it is the randomly placed windows and doors, derived from┬ánecessity when it was used as a cow shed, or perhaps it is the character and solidity of the stone walls. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Whatever it is, the […]

Cork Sink

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Cork Sink

Cork Sink Found this lovely cork sink while surfing for some interior design bits and bobs. I love to see designers using warm, natural materials in innovative and modern ways. enjoy!

Eames chair

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Eames chair

I like an eames chair as much as the next man but I know that without a lottery win I wouldn’t be able to afford one….well not a ‘real’ one at least. Good design should be available to everyone. By structuring the prices of well designed furniture in the realms of luxury products, I believe […]

Science fiction?

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Science fiction?

A short post, disguised as a question… I’m sitting here watching Aliens and it struck me that the apartment that Sigourney has is very similar to that of Bruce Willis in the fifth element and also that of Harrison Ford in Blade Runner. All three films show a sort of grubby future where people live […]

National identity

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National identity

Following an election, one question is always at the back of my mind; what does it mean for our towns and cities? Usually it means nothing, zip, nada. I have found that pretty much regardless of who is in power, the same disregard for our built environment is evident. Of course, this is understandable as […]

Pattern

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Pattern

Pattern is something which most architects shy away from (some actively avoid) and I have to admit that I am one of those who think in terms of ‘material finish’ rather ‘applied finish’ I think we are missing a trick; throughout history, architecture has been closely linked with decoration. Indeed the very notion of an […]