The Lived Experience of Architecture
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Craig Tait, Architect, September 2018.


As we prepare to open our studio at Edinburgh’s Doors Open Day, we are reminded of the value of experiencing the spaces in our city in person.

“It is pleasurable to press a door handle shining from the thousands of hands that have entered the door before us; the clean shimmer of ageless wear has turned into an image of welcome and hospitality. The door handle is the handshake of the building. The tactile sense of connects us with time and tradition: through impressions of touch we shake the hands of countless generations.”


Juhani Pallasmaa, The Eyes of The Skin, Architecture and the Senses


We live within a continuous stream of visual information that prioritises the ‘image’. As Juhani Pallasmaa highlights in his book The Eyes of the Skin, the hegemony of sight and its command over other fields of cultural production acts to distance us from our environment and our participation via lived experience. As with other forms of expression, ideas of form and image dominate the architectural profession. However, Pallamsaa’s writings remind us of the importance of physically connecting with architecture by placing ourselves within its environment and opening our senses to its influence.


Since classical times, the human body has been the measure of architecture; the careful design of proportion establishing an anthropometric reference between ourselves and our world, seeking to create harmony between our body and the places that we create. Like film, our appreciation of architecture is a fully immersive experience that asks us to engage with each of our senses and often encourages an emotional or behavioral response. Good places resonate with the craftsmanship of their making and the environments they create positively affect our wellbeing and sense of our self. We can only really know a building, or place, by inhabiting the spaces that they create. Architecture is something that cannot be appreciated by a static image alone.


So open that door, and your senses, to discover a place that makes a difference to you.

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Observations

Images from our Instagram account which capture idea, places and things that inspire us.
Fort William Concept Design ; One Bed Apartments
Fort William Concept Design ; Four Bed Detached
Fort William Concept Design ; Two Bed Detached
We have recently completed concept designs for employee housing to serve the new Alloy Wheel Facility in Fort William. The need for new housing is due to the lack of availability in the local market which won't meet the needs of the number of new employees expected to relocate to the area. The proposed architecture is a contemporary interpretation of traditional highland housing with a variety of pitched roof forms. Different typologies raging from 1 to 5 beds have been designed around a single 4.3m module to facilitate efficiency in modular construction and potential for extension and configuration of internal layouts to suit different individual styles of living.
We have recently completed concept designs for employee housing to serve the new Alloy Wheel Facility in Fort William. The need for new housing is due to the lack of availability in the local market which won't meet the needs of the number of new employees expected to relocate to the area. The proposed architecture is a contemporary interpretation of traditional highland housing with a variety of pitched roof forms. Different typologies raging from 1 to 5 beds have been designed around a single 4.3m module to facilitate efficiency in modular construction and potential for extension and configuration of internal layouts to suit different individual styles of living.
We have recently completed concept designs for employee housing to serve the new Alloy Wheel Facility in Fort William. The need for new housing is due to the lack of availability in the local market which won't meet the needs of the number of new employees expected to relocate to the area. The proposed architecture is a contemporary interpretation of traditional highland housing with a variety of pitched roof forms. Different typologies raging from 1 to 5 beds have been designed around a single 4.3m module to facilitate efficiency in modular construction and potential for extension and configuration of internal layouts to suit different individual styles of living.
We have recently completed concept designs for employee housing to serve the new Alloy Wheel Facility in Fort William. The need for new housing is due to the lack of availability in the local market which won't meet the needs of the number of new employees expected to relocate to the area. The proposed architecture is a contemporary interpretation of traditional highland housing with a variety of pitched roof forms. Different typologies raging from 1 to 5 beds have been designed around a single 4.3m module to facilitate efficiency in modular construction and potential for extension and configuration of internal layouts to suit different individual styles of living.
We have recently completed concept designs for employee housing to serve the new Alloy Wheel Facility in Fort William. The need for new housing is due to the lack of availability in the local market which won't meet the needs of the number of new employees expected to relocate to the area. The proposed architecture is a contemporary interpretation of traditional highland housing with a variety of pitched roof forms. Different typologies raging from 1 to 5 beds have been designed around a single 4.3m module to facilitate efficiency in modular construction and potential for extension and configuration of internal layouts to suit different individual styles of living.
We have recently completed concept designs for employee housing to serve the new Alloy Wheel Facility in Fort William. The need for new housing is due to the lack of availability in the local market which won't meet the needs of the number of new employees expected to relocate to the area. The proposed architecture is a contemporary interpretation of traditional highland housing with a variety of pitched roof forms. Different typologies raging from 1 to 5 beds have been designed around a single 4.3m module to facilitate efficiency in modular construction and potential for extension and configuration of internal layouts to suit different individual styles of living.
A masterplan prepared by a 7N Architects-led team for the site of the former high school in Lerwick, Shetland, has been unanimously approved by Shetland Islands Council’s Development Committee for public consultation prior to adoption as Supplementary Planning Guidance. The project is an initiative by Shetland Islands Council to utilise a key town centre site in Lerwick to deliver forms of affordable housing and related mixed uses which are not currently being delivered by the public or private sectors. The unique combination of high house prices and construction costs in Shetland mean there is a large affordability gap between social rented and private housing which has become a critical factor in retaining and attracting young people to the Islands who are essential to sustain the future economy • Find put more on our journal page - link in bio.
A masterplan prepared by a 7N Architects-led team for the site of the former high school in Lerwick, Shetland, has been unanimously approved by Shetland Islands Council’s Development Committee for public consultation prior to adoption as Supplementary Planning Guidance. The project is an initiative by Shetland Islands Council to utilise a key town centre site in Lerwick to deliver forms of affordable housing and related mixed uses which are not currently being delivered by the public or private sectors. The unique combination of high house prices and construction costs in Shetland mean there is a large affordability gap between social rented and private housing which has become a critical factor in retaining and attracting young people to the Islands who are essential to sustain the future economy • Find put more on our journal page - link in bio.
A masterplan prepared by a 7N Architects-led team for the site of the former high school in Lerwick, Shetland, has been unanimously approved by Shetland Islands Council’s Development Committee for public consultation prior to adoption as Supplementary Planning Guidance. The project is an initiative by Shetland Islands Council to utilise a key town centre site in Lerwick to deliver forms of affordable housing and related mixed uses which are not currently being delivered by the public or private sectors. The unique combination of high house prices and construction costs in Shetland mean there is a large affordability gap between social rented and private housing which has become a critical factor in retaining and attracting young people to the Islands who are essential to sustain the future economy • Find put more on our journal page - link in bio.
Fountainbridge Masterplan - Affordable Housing • We have recently submitted revised proposals to City of Edinburgh Council planning for one of the residential plots within the Fountainbridge masterplan - more information on our journal page, link in bio.
Fountainbridge Masterplan • We have recently submitted revised proposals to City of Edinburgh Council planning for one of the residential plots within the Fountainbridge masterplan - more information on our journal page, link in bio.
Fountainbridge Masterplan - Affordable Housing We have recently submitted revised proposals to City of Edinburgh Council planning for one of the residential plots within the Fountainbridge masterplan - more information on our journal page, link in bio.
Western Harbour - Park Terrace
Western Harbour - Park
Western Harbour - Park
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