Newtonmore, Highland, Scotland
HRI Architects were commissioned by Russwood to design their new offices situated alongside the Newtonmore railway station with open views across the Cairngorms. As the pre-eminent suppliers of high quality timber cladding and flooring products in Scotland the project offered a great opportunity to respond to the landscape, the clients spatial and operational needs as well as being a showcase for Russwood’s high quality products.
The linear form was derived by its relationship with the railway line and station. The plan layout was a direct reference to the former sidings where the building is situated. The stratified form also makes reference to the layered landscape that the building is so intimately engaged with. The choice of roof form was also inspired by the sweeping shapes of the surrounding hills; the large roof overhangs offering significant protection to the timber clad walls.
The structure is a highly expressed glulam frame with heavily insulated timber infill panels that demonstrate various cladding materials and their installation techniques.
The windows, manufactured by local Highland company Treecraft, are made from Accoya; a modified timber with exceptional durability. Situated to offer specific vistas the windows along the elevation fronting the railway station follow a rhythmic variable five panel sequence that give reference to the similar procession of railway carriages that pass the building throughout the day.
Our clients interest in architecture and design allowed us the freedom to develop ongoing ideas, and these were expertly translated into the built finished form by Newtonmore building contractor CR Construction.