Inspired meeting of materials

Flitch house in Edinburgh, Scotland by Oliver Chapman Architect

When Scottish architect Alexander Hunter Crawford designed Flitch House in the late 19th century, he was influence by the ideas of the Arts and Crafts movement that advocated genuine craftsmanship over industrial production. With its red bricks and thick timbers, the style represented an English suburb more than the Scottish sandstone buildings of the local area. Now the house has gained an extension that sees today’s architects invoke the same theme: pale brick meets Douglas fir and oxidised copper.

Externally, the new, lighter bricks and larger expanses of glass are mainly what mark out the new part of the building, but inside the eye-catching feature is the roof structure, exposed to show off both its beauty and its function. Steel-reinforced wooden beams allow for a longer and stronger span and combine with construction timber to allow for a lower structural height and a better view.


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