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Crieff bowling green set for ‘micro-place’ transformation

August 6 2018

Crieff bowling green set for ‘micro-place’ transformation

Struan Homes and :thatstudio are collaborating on the delivery of 16 new homes at a former bowling green in Crieff town centre.
Accessible from Mitchell Street the enclosed island site will be opened up via new pedestrian connections to surrounding streets, with particular focus given to opening up vistas to Crieff Parish Church.

Outlining their design proposals the architects wrote: “The site is contained, in effect a back court and as such new development should have a strong identity and create a micro-place.

“The design is assembled with the aspiration to create a ‘mews’ environment. Buildings are pushed forward to the street edge and create a consistent building line. A shared surface environment seeks to create pedestrian priority, encourage social interaction and foster a sense of community whilst reducing vehicle speed - adopting homezone principles.”

A combination of four detached homes and 16 flats are earmarked for the role, unified through their ‘simple and rectilinear’ plan forms and common use of gables and high-level bay windows.

Homes and apartments will adopt a common architectural language
Homes and apartments will adopt a common architectural language
Rectilinear buildings will define a new street edge
Rectilinear buildings will define a new street edge


Down with big Places
#1 Posted by Down with big Places on 6 Aug 2018 at 16:40 PM
Aw shucks. Ive always wanted to live in a micro-place so I can have micro-chats with neighbours in our micro-community. I look forward to it eventually developing a micro-culture and micro-events. My only concern is, is it micro-enough? Can we have visuals of a subset of further micro-places within this micro-place please? Please. Show us just how micro a place can be.
#2 Posted by lm on 6 Aug 2018 at 17:24 PM
The overall masterplan looks alright but the architecture is really bad
A Local Pleb
#3 Posted by A Local Pleb on 7 Aug 2018 at 13:13 PM
Not too bad.
#4 Posted by CM on 7 Aug 2018 at 15:16 PM
It's innovative & different. The locals will hate it.
#5 Posted by Cadmonkey on 7 Aug 2018 at 16:28 PM
Ok, how is this an “island site”?
What exactly is a “shared surface home zone” meant to be?
How is a bin lorry supposed to turn in that “turning head”?
Why do neither of the perspectives show the higher flat blocks?
Doesn’t look particularly well resolved, just crammed.
Walt Disney
#6 Posted by Walt Disney on 10 Aug 2018 at 16:43 PM
I think its a nice wee scheme. What I don't really get is the economic case. Its Crieff, not Edinburgh. Land is pretty cheap and house prices are pretty low, so why is it so dense?

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