BTA - A SNAPSHOT IN TIME

Posted on Sep 25, 2020 by bta

An important characteristic of the Practice is the wide variety of work that our Clients ask us to do. It changes all the time. For a snapshot view and for a virtual tour of the practice click here for a video made by Baggy Scout.

DOORS OPEN DAY 2020

Posted on Sep 25, 2020 by bta

We are delighted to take part in this year’s virtual Doors Open Day 2020, sponsored by the the Cockburn Association 

Click here to watch a History of Victoria Terrace, where our office is located (made by Baggy Scout).

Click here  to download a more detailed history of the building.

Edinburgh Festival 'Hub'

Posted on Aug 31, 2020 by bta

Hub Hall drawing

Edinburgh has been very different this August without its many Festivals. 

In case you missed it, The Hub - Edinburgh's Festival Centre - published an interview with Ben Tindall in January, reflecting on the past 20 years since it opened its doors and discussing the complex works undertaken by BTA to create this award winning building.

 

BLØD BY

Posted on Jun 18, 2020 by bta

Here is our good friend, David Sim, proudly holding up the Danish translation of his fabulous book SOFT CITY. If a picture is worth a 1000 words then perhaps a drawing is worth a 1000 pictures.  With hundreds of beautiful drawings, by David, Creative Director of Gehl People in Copenhagen, this book is priceless! This is a book that will transform settlements large and small throughout the world.

(Blød in Danish means soft or sensitive. By means 'town', as in so many place names, of Scandinavian origin.  'Bye-laws', or by-lags' in Danish, similarly mean 'town laws'. The self-regulation settlements is an historic and fundamental part of a their success.)

HOW DRAGONS BROUGHT PPE FROM CHINA

Posted on Apr 23, 2020 by bta

The Keystone Academy, an international school in Beijing, has wonderful bronze dragons sculpted by Ben’s wife Jill Watson on the doors of its Library made by Luke Hughes. Although dragons, we are sure, have anti-virus powers themselves, bronze is anti-microbial due to the high percentage of copper. Nonetheless the school is taking no chances and is also using hand sanitiser.

Their wonderful Librarian, hearing that the UK was short of PPE, with equal care sent us 120 sterile face masks, by 3-day delivery, most of which we have donated to a local surgery.

COUNTRY LIFE

Posted on Mar 10, 2020 by bta

The Practice is delighted to be recognised by Country Life in their list of the 35 best Country House Architects in Britain. In the spirit of the Country Life cover, here some photos of our office dog Frida and dogs from both mentioned projects; Channel Island and Bonnington House.

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

Posted on Mar 3, 2020 by bta

Congratulations to our newly qualified Architect, Mathew, after passing his Part 3 exam last week: we are so proud!  Now many choices open up for him, not least which cake to try first...

LIBRARY ADDITION WITH SURPRISE

Posted on Feb 27, 2020 by bta

The latest addition to the practice’s library is an 8-volume compendium of all aspects of woodwork, covering everything from design to structure & furniture, in 1904.

The covers are designed by Talwin Morris who was significant part of Charles Rennie Macintosh’s circle and designed a great many book covers for Walter Blackie, Macintosh’s client for Hill House at that date.

Inside the back cover of Volume 5 was the previous owner’s tax return for 1966, other correspondence and fine portrait. 

"A POLYGON OF PROBLEMS"

Posted on Jan 22, 2020 by bta

BTA gathered together many of the influential people in Kintyre and Scotland's conservation community to consider the future of Cour House, an exceptional masterpiece by Oliver Hill, which is now almost unhabitable and so uneconomical to repair that its future is very much in doubt.  After two days of intense discussions, in very cold conditions, led by author Alan Powers and chaired by AHSS President Simon Green, most left with a determination to see the place saved, but well aware that the difficulties are legion. 

1934-2019

Posted on Nov 28, 2019 by bta

We were privileged to be working for Jonathan Miller when he was Chairman of the Fringe.  At a Board meeting he asked why the Scottish Arts Council had not given a grant for the iconic shopfront designed with Gerald Scarfe.  We responded that they had told us the brief was ‘too restrictive’.  The brief was for something ‘eye-catching, fun and representing music, drama, comedy and writing’.  Jonathan then went off into a 10-minute reverie on the ‘Disastrous History of the Restrictive Brief’, ranging from Michelangelo to naughty knickers.  It was an extraordinary impromptu performance as good as any show.  He really was a genius.