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Dualchas charge ahead with wild goat re-branding

April 3 2017

Dualchas charge ahead with wild goat re-branding
Dualchas Architects have marked their 21st anniversary with a practice re-brand that has seen it adopt the image of a wild Hebridean goat, a symbol of resistance dating back to the Highland clearances, as a new identity.

Formed in 1996 on Skye the practice has built a reputation for rejuvenating residential architecture throughout the Highlands and Islands by reinterpreting historic styles such as basic turf-topped blackhouses.

The team are currently Co-founder Neil Stephen commented: “Our manifesto comes from the idea of what architecture can do for cultural confidence and helping Highland architecture be important. When you look at what Dualchas does in contrast to other practices, it has been clear we have led the way in establishing that.

“For 21 years, our work has centred on the premise that by instilling community confidence and value in architecture, you can help sustain rural communities through good design.”

Fellow co-founder Alasdair Stephen added: “While we are proud to have contributed to improving, and making high quality design a reality in rural Scotland and beyond, there are serious challenges for our profession in trying to help deliver affordable housing. Rural Scotland could be transformed into a modern, vibrant economy, but it faces a crisis through a lack of housing for the young. Vision and leadership are needed at every level to solve this problem.”

The charging goat motif symbolizes the replacement if people with sheep throughout the region, a process which saw domesticated goats left behind – with survivors subsequently running feral in remote glens.

The practice is currently working on plans to deliver a remote visitor centre for the Isle of Lewis.
Boreraig at Glendale on the Isle of Skye
Boreraig at Glendale on the Isle of Skye
Photographer Peter McNally captured the practices Ancala guesthouse at Armadale
Photographer Peter McNally captured the practices Ancala guesthouse at Armadale


Bill S
#1 Posted by Bill S on 3 Apr 2017 at 17:38 PM
You've goat to be kidding me....Was this story published 3 days late UR?!
#2 Posted by CadMonkey on 3 Apr 2017 at 23:59 PM
21 years, and still struggling, ....I suggest Dualchas should then start voting Scottish Conservative to deliver some real change and momentum to achieve their "manifesto"!
#3 Posted by Lyle on 4 Apr 2017 at 10:21 AM
@#2 "Still struggling"? - Dualchas, along with Rural Design, are one of the most successful residential practices operating in the highlands, islands and rural areas of Scotland. Their work has been a gamechanger for Scottish architecture, along with their associated kit house companies.
#4 Posted by monkey9000 on 4 Apr 2017 at 12:06 PM
Would have been useful to have image of said goat.
#5 Posted by Cadmonkey on 4 Apr 2017 at 15:10 PM
I am all for "reinterpreting historic styles..." etc...but I am curious to understand why they chose to use timber cladding in their Armadale project which is clearly an exposed marine environment. This seems to go against recognised good practise.
dave the detailer
#6 Posted by dave the detailer on 4 Apr 2017 at 22:40 PM
Good luck to them. Ach cadmonkey. Wind yir red neck in and get those signage schedules done...
#7 Posted by Cateran on 5 Apr 2017 at 21:40 PM
Congratulations Dualchas. You have indeed led the way in the H & I.
#8 Posted by Cadmonkey on 5 Apr 2017 at 23:54 PM
Dave "the detailer" I can only assume your comment is based on negligence.
Has any architect or technician got any advice on marine timber cladding specification they are willing to share?
This seems like a suitable forum.
if you have to ask...
#9 Posted by if you have to ask... on 6 Apr 2017 at 12:15 PM
#10 Posted by Mitch on 6 Apr 2017 at 13:21 PM
@Cadmonkey - Looking at their website, Dualchas have been doing timber clad buildings by the sea for at least a decade, so would be inclined to trust their experience there...
#11 Posted by Cadmonkey on 6 Apr 2017 at 23:41 PM
Thanks for the .jpg. "If you have to ask....k
Not sure what that tells me.
TRADA have advised expertly.
No point raising a technical point here it seems.

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