The Kettle

Location: Dunollie Estate, Oban

Client: Dunollie Projects Ltd

Type: New Build Cafe Kiosk

Status: Completed May 2015


Contractor: Tog Studio

Structural Engineer: Woolgar Hunter (Glasgow)

Quantity Surveyor: N/A

Photography: Sebb Hathaway


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‘The Kettle’ cafe-kiosk in Dunollie Estate was built as part of our 'Tog Studio' annual live-build construction course. 

Designed by the Tog Studio Alumni, ‘The Kettle’ reinterprets techniques of timber joinery and digital fabrication, first experienced on our Tiree Community Boathouse project, to produce a subtle, yet magical cantilevering structure.  The structural system is concealed within the familiar form of a dual-pitched shed, but manifests itself a cut-away corner that theatrically opens up the serving counter to the garden of the Dunollie Museum and Castle grounds.

‘The Kettle’ sits comfortably as a contemporary addition to the historic Estate by referencing the forms of the adjacent 1745 house.  Clad in blackened larch, the exterior nods to the black kettle that founded the museum’s collection, whilst connecting the building to the surrounding woodland.

Diligent consideration has been given to the details and limited material palette of the building to achieve a strikingly minimalist appearance.   The blackened larch cladding wraps its way from wall to roof with uninterrupted clean edges.  In contrast, the exposed interior is finished with an enticingly warm blonde larch, which lures visitors in to shelter, linger on the recessed seating, survey the inbuilt display case, and select a cake that was freshly baked inside.