Studio Weave builds zinc-armoured art studio above a brook on Scotland’s west coast

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Studio Weave builds zinc-armoured art studio above a brook on Scotland’s west coast

Described as a “lovechild of rock and manor”, this rural artist’s cabin by Studio Weave features a twin-gabled form, and a zinc facade embossed with diamonds and crosses.

Named Midden Studio, the building is perched above a stream on the west coast of Scotland. It takes its inspiration from both the vernacular buildings and huge granite rocks that dot the surrounding landscape.

“Midden Studio is the lovechild of native granite and the local buildings; half a fancy creature with mouldings and gables, half hard, freckled and elemental,” explained London-based Studio Weave, whose past projects include a 324 metre-long bench and a floating cinema.

The two gabled blocks that make up the structure are exactly the same size and proportion. They stand side by side but are slightly offset from one another, and their pitched rooftops overlap.

Zinc panels with raised seams create an armour across both the outer walls and the roof. The alternating pattern of diamonds and crosses has been applied to every surface.

Project lead Eddie Blake developed this pattern from three historic building facades – the 14th-century Palazzo dei Diamanti and the 18th-century Chiesa del Gesu Nuova church, both in Italy, and the now-ruined Crichton Castle on Scotland’s east coast.

“The pattern derives from the desire to uncannily make one material in the form of another – to make zinc look like traditional rusticated masonry” Blake told Dezen.

“I was interested in the building being very local, but looking out to sea, and looking out to the whole world – a tough little place, a sanctuary, but outward-looking as well.”

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