From afar, this twin-gabled artist studio might not look out of the ordinary in rural Scotland—but don’t be fooled. A closer look reveals that the cabin-like structure is curiously clad in a striking all-zinc facade embossed with diamonds and crosses. London-based Studio Weave designed the unusual building, named Midden Studio, with a familiar rural shape that boasts unexpected elements, including a daring cantilever and an unexpectedly cozy interior.
Described as the “lovechild of native granite and the local buildings,” the Midden Studio is a surreal atavistic building that derives its name from the Victorian midden wall on which the structure sits. The rusticated zinc echoes the surrounding granite rock, while the embossed patterns on the zinc panels draw inspiration from historic buildings, including Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, Italy and the Crichton Castle in Midlothian, Scotland. The structure cantilevers over a fast-moving stream, which fills the studio with the sound of water year-round.
Unlike the cool metal facade, the interior is entirely clad in warm-toned plywood panels. The twin-gabled ceilings and large glazed openings break up the monotony of the wood surfaces. Skylights and operable side windows fill the space with natural light, while a soffit light-like window installed in the ground offers views of the stream below.
Images via Studio Weave