The 17th Stirling Scouts commissioned Echo Living to design and build their new meeting and learning space where small groups could meet for art lessons and workshops. They also wanted to be able to provide a space, separate and independent from their scout hut, for use by members of the community for night classes and other activities.
The design for the Learning Space is based around the concept of two Wave cabins configured to provide a square floor plan and a practical meeting space. The building's distinctive curved roof wraps around the roof and walls and is clad entirely in larch.
The interior is constructed using natural spruce cross laminated timber panels; two full height windows look out across the neighbouring park, with a further two ribbon windows on either side. A solid beech Baubuche window seat with timber back panel sits in the recess beneath one ribbon window. Recessed lighting above the window seat creates a cosy little niche. On the opposite side, a beech worktop runs under the second window window; a deep Belfast sink neatly checked into the worktop provides the ideal means of cleaning messy art and craft equipment. The charcoal grey Formica and beech unit runs the length of the room, divided in two, with sliding doors concealing storage space and water heater in one half and an open shelf in the other.
Underfloor heating has been installed under the engineered oak floor and a louvred window for additional ventilation is accessed by a timber shutter in the rear wall. Overhead lighting is mounted in the long recesses either side of the laminated beam linking the two modules, illuminating the spruce ceiling.