Tasked with creating a soothing and tranquil space for the Arcadia Nursery at the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings, Malcolm Fraser Architects turned to Russwood.
The modest 1.5-storey building hunkers down amongst neighbouring meadows and woodlands. The build offers the best of modern design standards – a contemporary, open plan layout combined with solid Breeam credentials – yet there is no cold modernity here. The building is warm and inviting, with internal playrooms flowing out into a covered play area, enclosed garden and woodland. Externally, the building is clad in Russwood Siberian larch (Sila A/B grade), and treated with Osmo UV oil to add warmth to the natural grain. Siberian larch is also used on the decking and on the whimsical ‘bubble bridge’, which features peepholes for playtime adventures. The space is defined and enclosed by a timber fin fence made from Russwood’s Scotlarch.
Architect Emma Fairhurst says: “We often specify Russwood because as well as offering great technical support, we trust them to deliver a great range of excellent quality timbers. At Arcadia Nursery the warm, tactile quality of the larch helped us to realise our vision of a natural haven for the children.”
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