The Structural Awards are held every year in London to recognise the world’s most talented structural designers, showcase the projects that lead industry development and raise awareness about structural engineers’ role as the guardians of public safety and as creative, innovative design professionals.
The Midden House, an artist’s studio near Clachan in Kintyre has been shortlisted in the Small Projects category of the 2016 awards. ‘Small Projects’ are those with a construction cost of under £2 million.
The Midden is so called because it has been built on the wall acting as containment for a previous midden – which had held the dung from the sweepings-out of a stables complex.
As you can see from the photograph above, the walls and the roof of the structure are made from stressed skin panels. What you cannot see is that these lightweight panels enable the corner of the building to be cantilevered out over a burn without the need for structural steels.
An enticing feature is here a glass floor panel in the cantilevered section, giving a view to the mesmeric movement of the water below.
The shortlisting of The Midden was based on what the judges perceived to be a very strong relationship between its architecture and its engineering.
Local MP, Brendan O’Hara, has congratulaed the design team for The Midden, saying: ‘To be shortlisted for this international award is an achievement in itself. I am never failed to be amazed at the skills and ingenuity of the people of Argyll & Bute .This fantastic little wooden box is beautifully designed and it is clear that there is a very close working relationship between Webb Yates Engineers , Studio Weave – Architects and Neil Weir – contractor. I wish them all every success for the Awards’.