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Tiree Music Festival at the Boathouse

Tiree’s Community Boathouse featured as a backdrop to an acoustic session filmed by BBC Alba during Tiree Music Festival.  We are looking forward to seeing and hearing this on the big screen! Hopefully this won’t be last session in the Noust this summer!  
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Tog Studio at The Venice Biennale! & Oban!

It’s official Tiree’s Noust Boathouse has been picked for the Scotland Squad! The Noust Community Boathouse we designed and built on Tiree has been picked to represent Scotland in the Scottish Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. The Scottish Pavilion exhibition ‘Prospect North’ was designed by Lateral North and showcases the best in innovative community projects
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Week 2 of Tog 2016 House finishes with roof trusses galore!

We love this team! Week 2 of Tog has seen us fit many a floor joist, finish off the structure of the external walls, move and cut more than 80 lengths of timber for the roof trusses, which we then assembled, and after all of that we started raising the trusses into position. The roof structure has taken a huge leap forward and its all thanks to these wonderful people: Jamie McCallum, Robert Thomps
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Week 1 of Tog 2016 House build ends on a high!

The first floor- and what a view! Its been a great first week of Tog 2016.  The team have laid out sole plates, made numerous timber panels from scratch, raised the panels into position, secure them and then set to work on installing the first floor joists and OSB deck.  The project has come a long way in a week! We want to say a HUGE thank you to Jo Murphy, David Wyllie, Mark Johnston, Scott Simp
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Tog Boathouse shortlisted for Civic Trust My Place Awards

The Tiree Community Boathouse we designed and built for the Tiree Maritime Trust was one of 28 projects nominated for a Civic Trust My Place Award and one of only a handful of projects that made the final shortlist! The My Place Awards
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Tog 2016 Project announced- its a House!

Oh my gosh!  We’re going to build the first ever Tog house this summer! We like to have a challenging project to work toward each year and this year we are really pushing the boat out!  We will be running a 2 week long timber frame construction course from 4th-18th June and we are planning a cladding course in August covering slate and timber wall cladding. The house will be a contemporary i
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Tog Studio team win GIA award for Dunollie Kettle!

What a fantastic evening we had at the 2015 Glasgow Institute of Architect’s annual awards dinner in Glasgow! ‘The Kettle’ cafe kiosk we designed and built earlier this year won a design award in the category of ‘Small Works’. The Kettle was designed for serving Victorian cakes and teas to members of the public visiting the magical Dunollie Museum and Castle gardens i
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Presentation to Inverness Architectural Association Convention

Tog Studio were invited to present our work at the 2015 IAA biennial convention on ‘Sustainability & Coastal Influence’ at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. Despite the worst weather that hurricane Abigail could throw at us many of the delegates managed to make it there in one piece and we are glad we did! A real highlight for us was to meet Gill Smith, Director of Rural Desig
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Rock the Boathouse!

Tiree’s Community Boathouse was transformed into the island’s premier gig venue in July.  Local band ‘The Defenders’ drew a crowd of revellers dolled up in their finest 60s and 70s gear to hear the band belt out classic anthems of the era.  This knock-out event showed the building’s true potential to make magic happen.  Funds were raised for the Tiree Maritime Trust a
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The Kettle is on! Why not pop over for a cuppa?

How wonderful it is to see the Dunollie Kettle open to visitors! The Kettle will be serving a selection of homemade soup, sandwiches and cakes- we can certainly recommend the brownies! You can find out more about the opening times via the Dunollie website We have been told that footfall since the opening of Kettle has increased and we are hoping that this indicates that the Kettle is becoming an a
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Tog Boathouse wins Scottish Design Award!

What an awesome surprise! We are absolutely over the moon to announce that our Noust Boathouse has won a Scottish Design Award in the ‘Low Cost’ category for projects under £200K. The Scottish Design Awards celebrate the best design and architecture in the country.  They reward top architecture firms and design agencies for their contribution to the country’s historic and contemporary
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The Dunollie Build week comes to a close!

What a truly fantastic and exhausting time we have had on site at the Dunollie Kettle project in Oban! In a little over a week we have built an outdoor cafe-kiosk on the Dunollie Estate in Oban.  The Kettle, named after a key artefact that founded the Dunollie Museum’s collection, was designed for the preparation and serving of Victorian teas and cakes visitors to the Dunollie Estate. Lots o
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Tog Boathouse Shortlisted at RICS Awards

The Noust Community Boathouse was one of four projects in Scotland shortlisted within the category of ‘Community Benefit’ at the 2015 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors annual Awards. The Community Benefit Award recognises outstanding achievement in providing a facility which directly benefits the local community.  The projects are judged on its success through community feedback
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Tog 2014 films released

Sebb Hathaway has released his films about Tog 2014.The first of these show the pre-fabrication process at MAKLab; the second shows participants chatting about their favourite part of the process; the third is a longer film showing the week from start to end.
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Boathouse wins GIA Design Award!

Tog Studio were delighted to be awarded ‘Best Use of Timber’ by the Glasgow Incorporation of Architects for Phase 2 of the Boathouse.  The prize, which was sponsored by Wood for Good and Forestry Commission Scotland, was presented at the annual GIA Design Awards.  Micheal, Lynne and Richard were delighted to be joined by a number of the participations and by Rufus Logan from BRE Scotla
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Tog 2014 Boathouse is complete!

The Tog 2014 Boathouse is now complete!  There are more photos and details of the project here.  A film will follow later in the year…
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Tog 2014 Participants Announced!

We are delighted to announce the members of this year’s boathouse-building team will be: Magdalena Arent, BRE Scotland Brian Banks, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Glasgow Institute of Architects Scholar Emma Bennet, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Kirsty Cassels, WM Design & Architecture, Anglesey & Orkidstudio, Glasgow Institute of Architects Scho
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Tog Studio presenting at International Conference on Humanitarian Architecture

On 11th & 12th April the Mackintosh School of Architecture will be hosting the “Clean Conscience Dirty Hands” an International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture: Live Build and Community Engagement. Tog Studio will be presenting alongside speakers from the list below who will discuss their ideas on the following themes during a series of lectures, debates and works
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Russwood, Marley Eternit and Dickies to sponsor Tog 2014

Russwood, Marley Eternit and Dickies have announced they will sponsor Tog 2014.  The industry-leading companies all supported Phase 1 of the Boathouse and are on-board to get involved with Phase 2. Russwood will be providing high-quality timber cladding which can be used untreated on a harsh maritime site, while Marley Eternit will supply profiled fibre cement sheeting for the roof.  Dickies will
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RIAS Quarterly article by Rory More on Tog 2013

“Tog Studio offers an opportunity to return to a sense of what we are trying to achieve in architecture.” Rory More Tog Studio would like to congratulate Rory More on his beautifully written and thought provoking article ‘Tog[etherness]’ in the Winter 2013 edition of the RIAS Quarterly. Rory was an integral member of the Tog 2013 on-site team who realised the boathouse proj
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