Thinking Outside the Bloc(k) – Quartermile, Edinburgh © Stuart Donald Campbell

Thinking Outside the Bloc(k) – Quartermile, Edinburgh

Stuart Donald Campbell

Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment

Project Description

Looking specifically at socialist housing precedents such as the Gosstrakh Apartments and Narkomfin building, Moscow by Moisei Ginzburg and Ignaty Milinis and the concept of the social condensers and communal living, the project aims to implement this for the younger generations of today’s society and to alter their perception of communal living i.e. the positive social and economic benefits to the individual and our society.

For every two residential floors, there is a shared floor for communal use that means a reduction on typical private living space and kitchen areas but a larger and better-quality shared equivalent. The attraction of having shared use of a large lounge, kitchen, reading and games room will hopefully become more desirable to the residents and alter the perception of the high-rise concrete / prefabricated communal block that blighted our post Second World War inner cities.

Sustainability Agenda

Continuing from my initial design proposal and researching more modern and perhaps pioneering approaches to the construction of tall buildings. With a forward thinking / progressive proposal, it didn’t make sense not to do the same with the structure. Looking at recent tower research proposals it led me to explore the viability of timber construction. Although using timber to make our homes is not at all a new phenomenon, the use of it to replace steel and concrete is very new and forward thinking. I also completed an in-depth investigation of the structural qualities of one of Japan’s oldest and tallest timber pagodas.

Bearing this in mind, I started to research the different proposals that are currently being explored in High Rise Timber Construction. The structure would mimic that of steel but replacing the steel with Glulam and the concrete with CLT.