Moxon Architects | Crathie, Scotland 2017 – To accommodate an increasing workforce Moxon Architects are developing new build premises for their studio in the Scottish Highlands. The studio comprises two low-lying buildings that sit at either side of an existing topographic barrier covered in mature birch, rowan and aspen. The purpose of splitting the office premises into two components is to reflect the twin roles of an architecture practice: focussed design work and broad collaboration. The more privately positioned building houses the office premises for the practice – containing a studio, meeting rooms, offices and back-of-house facilities. Hidden from view and protected by the landscape from noise, it is a peaceful and concentrated area to work. Conversely, the road-facing building is designed to house social and flexible working spaces for the practice, including a small kitchen and staff dining area. A lounge also functions as an additional informal meeting area to welcome guests and clients. The two buildings are connected by a covered walk that provides all weather circulation and a sheltered space to enjoy the wooded surroundings.