How do you re-purpose a redundant aggregates Quarry in a landscape full of quarries. Should we be taking a place of production and domesticating it ? This was an essay in negotiating a very tricky Planning permission and low sq meter rates for new Build. It involved as a starting point assessing the nature of the quarried Material and checking it had no future . It was a source of random granite rubble for walling and road aggregates. with the presence of larger operational Quarries nearbye it was considered border Brownfield. It provided Material for the Build process and Landscaping. Its not high carpentry and it was reduced in its expression form the modelling . But paired back it remained robust in its quarry setting. The aspiration was upside down living or "Queenslander" . Putting the Ettles Family up in the sun and over the landscape. An early example of correcting a redundant quarry filling up with rubbish, by layering the "brown field" with gentle domesticity.
Its a text book house site as the client Louis Ettles commented to the Planning Commitee on site just before the decision was made to grant the permission. " ken... if yee war stone age man and yee wur gaddin aboot lookin fir somewhar to pitch your rig , yeed do it eer - naw ? "
South west facing over Benachie range of mountains and in the lee of the damaging North Easterlies it acts as a passive solar collector. ( it heats itself much of the year.)
We still do not know who "Cuttle Craig" was , but at one time he operated this quarry and we employed some of his Granite at least as a base course.
By Inverurie in rural Aberdeenshire
The Ettle's had been traveling in Queensland and liked the idea of living aloft. In modelling the house we showed the work of Gabriel Poole including this house.