In this issue: vernacular architecture, materials, the transformation of the Glasite Meeting House/Ingleby Gallery and much more!
A word from our Editor, Abigail Daly:
‘This issue has two themes running through it: the materials we use to construct buildings and vernacular architecture. The first article explores earth construction – one of the earliest building techniques humans developed to provide shelter. Authors Tom Morton and Becky Little argue passionately that rather than associating earth, mud, straw and clay only with historic buildings, we should instead see them as truly sustainable, progressive and ‘modern’. Our second article, by Michael Leybourne, focusses on the remarkable survival of a thatched cruck framed cottage at Torthorwald, once a common sight in many areas of Scotland, but now extremely rare.
The Glasite were a small religious sect whose Meeting House in Edinburgh will be known to readers as the AHSS’s home for many years. The third article, by Cal Harris, details the building’s transformation into an art gallery and reveals how restoring the stunning cupola, made up of over 400 hand-painted and etched glass panes, brought an unexpected discovery to light hidden in its design.
An architect who was keen to exploit the properties of those most modern of materials – concrete, steel and glass – was Peter Womersley, the focus of our fourth article. Written by James Colledge, who knew both the architect and one of his most loyal clients, Bernat Klein, the feature takes a personal view of his work and legacy.’
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