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Set in the green hills of Inverness, Solasta House is at the heart of the thriving life sciences quarter, Inverness Campus. The striking timber, glass and copper building was designed by Threesixty Architecture, with Robertson Construction the main contractor. to provide office, workshop and lab accommodation in a modern space that strongly reflects the wider landscape. 

Designed to be viewed from all sides, Solasta House utilizes large areas of glazing to connect inside and out, with natural materials such as timber and stone creating a strong sense of place. Large, open circulation areas encourage interaction between building users and visitors, and the copper clad entrance offers a warm welcome. 

For the timber cladding, Threesixty Architecture required a natural, low maintenance product that would give a consistent appearance. The client selected Russwood Accoya® A1 grade timber, made up of 150mm x 50mm boards on modular panels. 

The chosen finish of Teknos FI-024 adds warmth and texture to the strong form of the building. The architects made the unusual decision to retain the sticker marks imposed during the timber modification process, adding an interesting detail to the aesthetic and capturing the story of the timber’s production. 

The client said: “Between Aurora, Solasta House and numerous other projects, we have had a lengthy relationship with Russwood. The team are always more than helpful in finding just the right combination of product and coating for the appearance we are looking for.”

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