(X/A)^N+(Y/B)^N=1 (The Super Ellipse)

At BTA, we think the super ellipse is super! We believed it to be created by Piet Hein (Danish poet and polymath) to solve a design problem for Sergels Torg traffic intersection in Stockholm, but it was actually first created by the mathematician, Gabriel Lamé, in C.19th France.  It is the perfect combination of a rectangle and an ellipse and makes …

Whiling Away

The seagullls are flying playfully in the wind, having been installed yesterday.  Perfect to while away some time looking at their movement.  The finial, designed by Benjamin Tindall Architects with blacksmith Alan Dawson and his workshop, was inspired by George Wyllie’s work, an artist much admired by our client.

FEUVA Talk 19th April

From Masterplan to Reality – Jupiter Artland collaboration, a talk by Ben Tindall on Tuesday 19th April, 6-8pm at Edinburgh University for the Friends of Edinburgh University Visual Artists. Ben will take you through the process of working with the owners of Jupiter Artland, from initial concepts to the finished Visitor Facilities and changes to the main house. Ben is …

Tying a Knot

Ben prepares the ends of a hemp rope handrail for a project at the West Coast.  The maritime theme is also featured in the bronze brackets, based on bladderwrack seaweed.  The project is nearing completion, just in time for our lovely clients who will be tying their own knot.

Ben’s talk for the Falkland Society

Ben will give a talk on ‘Working collaboratively with clients, artists and craftspeople and the achievements of Jupiter Artland’ for the Falkland Society on Wednesday, 9 March, at 7.00 p.m.

UNESCP 1954 Hague Convention

We are saddened and appalled by the current senseless conflict and tragic loss of life in Ukraine, and also horrified by the destruction of Cultural Property.  Russia is a signatory of the UNESCO 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.  Although Russia has a duty to uphold the Convention, it seems to have forgotten this …

Inventions that never quite took off

In Canada the Robertson drive has been standard for more than 100 years. After the slotted screw it is a great improvement on other systems as it is very strong and the taper of the slot allows for great ease in use. It’s also beautiful! https://www.leolafasteners.com/blogs/news/which-screw-drive-is-best-star-phillips-or-square-how-about-a-combo https://www.thomasnet.com/articles/hardware/robertson-screwdriver-history/

Tim Stead Trust update

We are delighted to be chosen as the Architects to support the Tim Stead Trust to develop and deliver work to the Steading to inspire future generations in creativity and environmental sustainability.  Tim Stead‘s House is a very special and unique Gesamtkunstwerk in Blainslie, near Lauder.   We had a long and convivial meeting around the dining table a source of …

Commendation for St Peter’s

We were delighted that the EAA gave St. Peter’s Link Phase a Commendation, under the Large Project Award.  It was great to see all the other projects on the shortlist at the award ceremony last week, and to see inside the old Fire Station on Lauriston Place, which is now SpACE – a pop-up public exhibition and events venue. Thank you to everyone involved and …

Taken from us at sea

Peter Gray fished out of the harbour where we are doing repairs.  He very sadly died at sea earlier in the year and the harbour misses his daily presence immensely.  The Practice helped organise this stone at the pier to serve as a reminder of Peter and the dangers of fishing.  John Neilson standing here proudly in front of his wonderful …