eco-village, duneland, findhorn



project details

Duneland Ltd.

c. £4m for Phase 1A

January 2009 -


In January 2009 Duneland Ltd. commissioned John Gilbert Architects to design and develop Phase 1A of the Duneland Eco-village development. Chris Morgan of Locate and Prof. Sue Roaf of Heriot-Watt University were engaged by JGA as ‘Critical Friends’ to help with the process.
Based on initial work by Gaia Architects, JGA held a design charette with the Client Group with Chris and Sue present at which a number of key design and specification decisions were taken and initial layouts agreed. Based on an existing OPP for 40 new dwellings and other facilities, JGA have developed the eco-village design with shared living and live/work spaces and important shared external spaces all slotted carefully into the landscape and context of this unique site.
The house walls are to be of straw and hemp, with massive timber internal walls and a highly insulated cassette roof. A biomass district heating system will provide heat with solar thermal panels for summer hot water. Feedback will be a crucial part of the process. The project is now on site (April 2012).

Duneland Eco housing at Findhorn

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