The Roots Team attended the 2016 Annual Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) Lecture at the Glasgow School of Art, featuring Murray Kerr from Denizen Works.
It was very unusual to hear someone speak in Glasgow about a place we know well. Kerr spoke about Denizens Work's highly acclaimed 'House No.7' on the Isle of Tiree; a contemporary restoration and extension to a traditional Blackhouse. Kerr conveyed his unique insights into the familiar challenges of building on the Isle of Tiree, such as the logistics of working in a remote location, the extreme climatic conditions and the architectural context. It was great to learn more from Kerr's experiences during his architectural career.
With the vast majority of questions from audience concerning 'House No.7' and Tiree, Kerr gave the audience a valuable insight into the beauty of island life and traditional architecture. Kerr challenged apparent preconceptions of how quality can be achieved in contemporary vernacular in remote locations.