Monday, 5 October 2009


I've been on a bike ride today but where am I???????????

Somewhere in Scandinavia you say!!??!! You would think so with the flowing forms and extensive use of timber columns, beams and cladding.
Well actually, if you have read my previous blogs you would of probably guessed Botton Village in the North York Moors, which is of course correct. Although, when I was up there earlier, it did feel very scandinavian. All the most recent buildings that have been built are timber framed and timber clad with slate roofs and discrete photovoltaics and solar hot water panels. I presume that they are discrete to fit with the North York Moors National Parks' conditions as they never like anything to stand proud but to always be hidden away in the context. This way of thinking of course has its pros and cons. There are also some brick buildings from the 1960s-70s and then there's the original stone buildings of the farms and barns in Danby Dale which have now been acquired by the Camphill Community but gladly are still working farms where families live, work and care.

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