The President Barack Obama Dinner

Kettle Collective are looking forward to hosting a table at the President Barack Obama Dinner tonight at the EICC, Edinburgh. The event, hosted by the Hunter Foundation looks to be an inspiring evening for business and philanthropy leaders in Scotland with an address from the 44th President of the United States.

DEWA Solar Innovation Centre wins ArchiCAD Sustainable Project of the Year 2017

Kettle Collective are thrilled to announce that the DEWA Solar Innovation Centre has been awarded the ArchiCAD Sustainable Project of the Year 2017. On the back of winning Middle East Sustainable Project of the Year 2014 and 2016. To find out more about The DEWA Solar Innovation Centre visit the project page here.

Team Visit To The Ripple Retreat

We were delighted to make a team trip to visit the recently opened Ripple Retreat on Friday. It was fantastic to see everything coming together, and to be able to spend time enjoying the unreal views, and tranquility of the surrounding landscape. We are immensely proud of this project at Kettle Collective, and the difference we believe it is going to make to families lives. We hope that this special retreat will provide the space, quiet, and fun needed for…

Official Opening of the Ripple Retreat

The Ripple Retreat is a purpose built sanctuary for children and families affected by cancer. On Friday the 12th of May, Tony Kettle, Colin Bone, and Cathal Morgan attended the Official Opening of the Ripple Retreat on the shores of Loch Venacher. Present at the opening was Lorraine Kelly, who cut the ribbon and formally opened the retreat for It’s Good 2 Give. Among those present were supporters, donors and contributors, including Grant Stott who gathered together to celebrate the…

Friday Forum #7

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May 12th, 2017
Friday Forum #7

We were extremely excited this week to have Andrew Mackenzie come into our Edinburgh studios as part of our Friday Forum series. Andrew Mackenzie is a Scottish painter and printmaker. He graduated with an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art in 1993, and lives and works in the Scottish Borders. His work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, and is represented in many collections. He is currently president of Visual Arts Scotland. “I’ll provide some background to my…

Friday Forum #6

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May 9th, 2017
Friday Forum #6

This week Will presented his talk on “Part III is easy”. In order to become an architect, it is necessary to pass the RIBA’s Parts I, II & III, the latter of these being a part-time degree whilst in the work place. This presentation was aimed at describing the criteria for becoming a Part III architect, the methods of assessment, and how this relates to our work. The RIBA’s qualifications are based upon the UK framework, and although much of…

Lord Provost Visit To Our Edinburgh Studio

Kettle Collective were pleased to welcome the Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh to our studios yesterday to meet the team, and view some of our current projects. Then Tony Kettle and Colin Bone took the Lord Provost out onto George Street to fly the Kettle Collective drone…

Friday Forum #5

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April 14th, 2017
Friday Forum #5

This week Celine presented a thoroughly interesting talk on “Mathematics In The History Of Architecture”. Mathematics have been linked to architecture throughout the centuries, starting in Ancient Egypt where geometry was the key element for the pyramids’ builders. When looking at architecture before the 20th century, one can realise that there used to be a dialectic between architecture in relation to the Divine and architecture in relation to the Human Being. Mathematics have played a role in both cases, either…

Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition 2017

The RSA Architecture Open 2017 is part of the 191st Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, and it is hosted at the National Gallery of Scotland between the 1st of April – 7th of May 2017. This section of the exhibition is dedicated to contemporary architectural work, designed by leading architects from Scotland and abroad, and carefully selected by John McAslan, the Deputy Convenor of the RSA Exhibition. Kettle Collective is honoured to have been selected to display a model of…

Friday Forum #4

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March 24th, 2017
Friday Forum #4

Khairul Khalifah continued his series concentrating on ArchiCAD “ArchiCAD: Lets Start Again”. The second of 4 of a series of talks on Archicad focused on understanding attributes, from editing and creating custom hatch fills, composites and materials, to the management of the attribute table. The presentation also detailed the various libraries in use within the practice, and how each of the libraries are to be linked to individual project models.

D3 Exhibition

This week Kettle Collective have featured in an architectural exhibition at our Dubai studio in the Dubai Design District D3. Kettle Collective took this opportunity to showcase the Solar Innovation Centre and The Piers for the local design community. For more information on the Solar Innovation Centre and The Piers visit the project pages here.

Friday Forum #3

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March 10th, 2017
Friday Forum #3

As the Ripple Retreat is soon to be completed, Cathal Morgan presented this week’s Friday Forum with an overall review of the project.“Ripple Retreat – Practical Completion”. The presentation allowed studio members to gain an insight into the complexities of construction, detailing of materials used, and obstacles the design team had to overcome in the creation of the Ripple Retreat. The presentation lead into an open and insightful conversation about the project.

Friday Forum #2

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March 3rd, 2017
Friday Forum #2

This week Khairul Khalifah presented his seminar on “ArchiCAD: Lets Start Again”. The first out of 4 parts that aim to improve the Team’s understanding and use of Archicad, this week’s Friday Forum, titled Archicad: Let’s Start Again” focuses on basic principles of the award winning BIM application. With topics such as Workspace Management, View Management, Layer Discipline and Maintaining Accuracy, the talk reinforces the need to maintain modelling and documentation standards to ensure integrity of the BIM model though…

Kettle Collective Team Invited to The Edinburgh City Chambers

The Lord Lieutenant, the Rt Hon Lord Provost of Edinburgh has invited the Kettle Collective team to the Edinburgh City Chambers for a drinks reception to celebrate winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. Kettle Collective won the Queen’s Award in April 2016, the most coveted business award on the back of soaring international trade. The Queen’s Award is awarded for “outstanding achievement resulting in substantial growth, sustained over a minimum period of 3…

Friday Forum #1

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February 10th, 2017
Friday Forum #1

Kettle Collective has kicked off 2017 with a series of Friday Forum talks. This is a platform for our team, and invited guests, to share ideas, techniques, or simply to present something interesting. An opportunity to learn, discuss, and build presentation skills, participation in this forum is an opportunity to encourage creative thinking, and improve our practices. Kate Shirkina has begun our 2017 series with her talk on “Sustainable practices in Middle Eastern high-rise structures”. In different parts of the…

Top 2016 Moments

As a new year starts, we take a look at our favourite moments at Kettle Collective from 2016. We were honoured to have won such prestige awards this year, including the Queens Award for Enterprise 2016 and the SEPA One Planet Award at the Scottish Business Awards. Our sustainable approach to design continued to the success of the Solar Innovation Centre in Dubai being awarded the Sustainable Project of the Year at the Middle East Architect Awards 2016. Kettle Collective…

Snowflake Competition

During our annual Kettle Collective Christmas Party, we set the brief for a competition for our team to come up with a design for an Architectural Snowflake with inspiration taken from Arabic Mashrabiya. Tony and Colin judged the competition on the day, with the winning entry awarded to Ekaterina Shirkina. The runners up were Roman Gorshkov and Dominika Henzel. Congratulations everyone!  

Seasons Greetings 2016

 

Our First Drone Footage

Kettle Collective took a trip up to the Ripple Retreat site and tried out our new drone for the first time. It is fantastic to see the scaffolding down revealing the beautiful structure of the Ripple Retreat which is captured in this video. With the construction of the Ripple Retreat approaching the last stages of the build we are excited to see the finished building. To find out more about the design please visit our project page here.  

An Exciting New Drone

An exciting delivery arrived at Kettle Collective this morning, our team can’t wait to try out our new drone. It will be a fantastic tool to use on site visits and we will be taking it to the Ripple Retreat soon to try it out.