Economic independence and social sustainability are crucial to the introduction of an age-friendly community within the remote and often harsh landscape of mainland Orkney. As part of the Mobility, Mood and Place research project, A Craft Community looks at rural living through a range of scales as a way of improving environments for healthy ageing.
Using the natural and built landscape to address age affordance, houses and community buildings are located between two burns, accessed around a shared surface. The Wool Studio and Wood Workshop provide spaces for the production of knitted items and Orkney chairs, giving value to indigenous crafts.
The studio has been designed to encourage passive and active interaction through the processes, with the user directed through the building in a choreographed sequence, aided by clear visual and physical access, response to circadian rhythms and a relationship to landmark objects in the immediate landscape and beyond.