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The Barn


The Barn 2, originally uploaded by ccgd.

A trip around the Highland Housing Expo, on the Brae just outside Inverness. I must say that I was most impressed by the exhibition, the buildings and the architecture.

It did feel however that I was in a suburb of Stockholm, Reykjavik or Helsinki - modern low carbon building designs borrow a lot from Scandinavia, or they are just 10 years ahead of us.

This building - the Barn - was my favorite. Light without being full of glass windows, innovative timber construction, and upside down in the sense of bedrooms on the ground floor and living space upstairs.

It did however remind me of a modern version of our 300 year old Cromarty home - Albion House - similar proportions, similar living spaces (our living space is on the 1st floor, and has been since the 17th Century) and similar use of local relevant materials.

Well worth a visit. Its on until the end of the month.

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