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Having being impressed by Roots Design Workshop’s winning of two Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) Design Awards for their 2012 Tog lighthouse build, Russwood was delighted to be approached about getting involved in the 2013 Tog project, for which we are supplying Siberian Larch cladding.

TOG Studio

We were approached back in November 2012 by Micheal Halliday, co-founder of Tog Studio and architect at Roots Design Workshop, who filled us in on the ethos of the TOG Studio. He advised that it was established as “a reaction to the disconnection we feel between those who design and those who build. We want to show that through the experience of making things we get better at designing. Central to this is an understanding of why certain materials are specified, how they are used on-site, and the implications of different processes on how the finished building looks, feels and weathers”. This struck a chord at Russwood as, working closely with architects, builders, engineers and quantity surveyors, we can really see the value in all of these groups coming together to gain a better understanding of each others’ roles, enabling them ultimately to design and build better buildings for the future.

Lighthouse project 2012

The Tog 2012 event was attended by fifteen architects, engineers, academics and students. Over six days the team built a temporary five metre high lighthouse on the Isle of Tiree, and the project has gone on to achieve global recognition throughout the architectural community.

Maritime Trust project 2013

This year, Tog Studio have teamed up with the Tiree Maritime Trust to design and build a permanent boathouse, via a similar summer school in June 2013. The Trust are a charity formed to ensure that traditional boat-building and restoration techniques, which form an important part of Tiree’s culture and heritage, are preserved. The Trust own several clinker-built dipping lugs but are without dedicated storage facilities. Consequently, the Trust will collaborate with Tog Studio to deliver a purpose-built boathouse on their plot in Scarinish.

Russwood’s contribution

Russwood will supply this project with 600 linear metres of Siberian Larch cladding and will advise on correct detailing for this challenging location and project. We are excited to be part of this build, and applaud all of the guys at Tog Studio and Roots Workshop for their innovative approach.
For further information about TOG 2013, including how you can participate in the build, please go to