Built in a disused quarry in Crathie, Royal Deeside, Quarry Studios is home to Moxon Architects' Scottish office and Tàrmachan café.

Project Type: Commercial, New Build

Design Credit: Moxon Architects

Client: Moxon Architects

Featured: Hidden Scotland, Architects Journal

Photography: Tim Soar

Designed by Moxon Architects and crafted by Tor over two years, Quarry Studios displays impeccable detailing.

As the steel, timber and concrete structure are often left visible as a finish, each stage of the build was carried out with skill and precision from a dedicated team.

With durability and sustainability as core themes throughout the build, a large section wall of locally-sourced Douglas Fir links the architects' studio with the café — both highly insulated spaces, heated with a ground source heat pump, whose borehole goes 250m into Cairngorms granite.

Tor Contracting Ltd, Moxon — Quarry Studios, Crathie — image©Tim Soar

Tor Contracting — Quarry Studios, Crathie, exterior — image©Tim Soar
Tor Contracting — Quarry Studios — image©Tim Soar
Tor Contracting Quarry Studios Crathie Scotland — exterior — image©Tim Soar
Tor Contracting — Quarry Studios Crathie interior — image©Tim Soar
Tor Contracting, Quarry Studios — interior studio space — image©Tim Soar

Fireplaces were crafted with steel and concrete, where texture-rich local timber boards were selected as shuttering to leave a permanent imprint.

The old quarry site was rich with self-seeded birch, rowan and alder, along with other flora. Special care was taken to relocate and replant trees and to protect and enhance the habitat which included the installation of a pond fed with rainwater from the buildings’ aluminium roof.

— American Institute of Architects UK Award 2021

— Architects’ Journal Award 2021

— Scottish Design Award 2021

— Finalist: BCIA Commercial Project of the Year 2021

TOR Contracting — Quarry Studios interior 4 — image©Tim Soar
Tor Contracting — Quarry Studios, Crathie, Scotland — image©Tim Soar
TOR Contracting Quarry Studios Crathie interior 6 — image©Tim Soar

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