Christmas Party 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, we celebrated this years achievements with our annual Christmas Party. This year’s Christmas celebrations included a competition for our team to create an unique dwelling for our new client Mr G Bread. The brief required a scale model, which had to be self supporting and entirely edible. Our team created some incredible designs which our panel of judges, judged on both appearance and on the taste of the materials. After much deliberation our judges…

Christmas Jumper Day and Mission Christmas

In the run up to Christmas, Kettle Collective is taking part in a couple of Christmas Charity events to support children across the world. Cash for Kids Mission Christmas gathers Christmas Gifts for local disadvantaged children across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife to make sure their Christmas morning is special. Our team has begun gathering gifts under our Christmas Tree to take along to one of the local drop off points near our Edinburgh studio. The second charity day our…

The Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Recently our landscape team were invited to partner with ArtFe for their entry for a trade stand at the Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Running from the 22nd to the 26th May 2018, ArtFe and the Kettle Collective team’s entry will be at the event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea Showground in Central London. The proposed tradestand is to be realised as a Scottish Garden – a romantic and attractive space that the ArtFe artworks can come alive in. Featured in…

DEWA Solar Innovation Centre Construction Update

Our Managing Director Colin Bone, took a trip out to see the construction progress of the DEWA Solar Innovation Centre this week while in Dubai. It was great to see the building progressing. This trip follows on from the DEWA Solar Innovation Centre being awarded Sustainable Project of the Year at the Middle East Consultant Awards 2017 last week.

DEWA Solar Innovation Centre Wins Sustainable Project of the Year 2017

The DEWA Solar Innovation Centre wins Sustainable Project of the Year at the Middle East Consultant Awards 2017. Sustainable Project of the Year “recognises projects that take advantage of sustainable building materials and processes to create a building or structure that is energy efficient and green-compliant, with minimal impact on the environment”. Kettle Collective’s Regional Director MENA, Tony Archibold, was present at the awards dinner which took place at the Ritz Carlton JBR, Dubai, UAE. The award comes on the…

Lakhta Centre Becomes Europe’s Tallest Building

Tony Kettle’s Lakhta Centre, currently under construction, has now overtaken Europe’s tallest building to become the tallest building in Europe. Due to be completed at 462 metres tall, the Lakhta Centre will be the 11th tallest tower in the world upon completion. The inspiration for the Lakhta Centre tower design comes from the concept of energy in water with the form of the building deriving its shape from the changing nature of water, ever changing light and reflections. To find…

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox visits Kettle Collective

The Secretary of State visited Kettle Collective, a world class innovative architectural firm which has won a series of prestigious awards since starting in 2012, including The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Kettle Collective exports 96% of its work, with overseas sales growth of 450% over the last three years designing flagship projects in countries including Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Kettle Collective Managing Director, Colin Bone said: “It was a great honour to welcome Dr Liam Fox to…

Congratulations Will

Congratulations to our team member Will Whiter, who recently qualified as an architect, having completed his Architectural Practice and Management Diploma at Newcastle University. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to find out a bit more about Will and his passion of architecture. Why did you choose to study architecture/landscape/interior? Initially it was probably Lego! I used to love making things, whether it was whittling bits of wood, or making models with my dad! Then when I was about…

Ripple Retreat Pier Opening

It was a fantastic day for the opening of The Ripple Retreat Pier on Saturday. The pier was Sponsored by the Wooden Spoon and constructed by George Leslie Ltd, a huge thanks to both! We hope the kids really enjoy the new access to the water

Friday Forum at the Fringe #14

With the Fringe on last week Colin decided to do something different for his Friday Forum, and took the team to a show. China Goes Pop, was a dance, and acrobatics show with great music, and lots of impressive stunts.

Queensferry Crossing

The Queensferry Crossing opened yesterday, so some of our team took to the water to take a look.

Friday Forum #13

August 25th, 2017
Friday Forum #13

Anthony presented at this weeks Friday Forum, his talk was about his recent experiences travelling to Dubai. Dubai is a fast changing city, and this huge growth is most clear when you examine aerial imagery from 1984 to today. Kettle Collective has worked across Dubai and this talk looked at the location, and development, of some of the these sites. – Anthony Tappe

Friday Forum #12

August 18th, 2017
Friday Forum #12

This weeks Friday Forum was presented by Emma who gave the team an insight into her Textile Design degree at Heriot Watt University. The Textile Design Degree at Heriot-Watt focused not only on the design of textiles but also the technical background involved in the process of creating fabrics and wallpapers. This insight provides a fantastic base for any designer to allow them to truly understand how these products are constructed for the end-user. The course consisted of three disciplines,…

Friday Forum #11

This weeks Friday Forum was presented by Tony, who gave the team an insight into tips and tricks of presenting. Tony shared some personal experiences of presenting and the do’s and don’ts regardless of the audience. This allowed our team to gain valuable knowledge on the most successful ways of presenting.

Falkirk Wheel architect reveals shipbuilding inspired design for new bridge

The new River Clyde Crossing designed by Kettle Collective has hit the headlines as the plans for the regeneration of the Clyde have been announced. The new bridge, has been featured in a variety of Scottish Newspapers to give the public a flavour of the design. “Internationally-acclaimed Tony Kettle said he hoped the bridge, which forms one of two £90.7 million infrastructure projects that aim to reinvigorate the waterfront and surrounding areas of Glasgow, will act as a symbol of…

Friday Forum #10

This weeks Friday Forum was presented by Andri, who shared her experience from the AA Summer Visiting school 14 workshop that took place in Cyprus. The workshop centred on a hypothetical scenario, refugees are trying to escape a dangerous war, and they look to the sea to provide their escape. The assignment challenged students to create an easy-to-assemble floating structure, with as found materials, that could be dropped by a UN helicopter to support fleeing refugees. The workshop consisted of…

Friday Forum #9

June 23rd, 2017
Friday Forum #9

Usama presented his talk on a previous project at this weeks Friday Forum. This Friday Forum topic covered the preliminary design stages of a private villa in one of Muscat’s coastal suburbs. The site (30m above sea level and 15m wide by 41.3m long) sits on a rock peninsula facing North West and opens up elevated and uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Oman. Exploiting the site’s geographical position has influenced the building’s design and program arrangement. The design aims…

Real Homes: Compassion Shines at Ripple Retreat

Kettle Collective were delighted to be mentioned in the Scotsman “Real Homes: compassion shines at Ripple Retreat” article To find out more about The Ripple Retreat visit the project page here.

Friday Forum #8

June 9th, 2017
Friday Forum #8

Lauren presented at this weeks Friday Forum, her talk was about her experiences on a recent trip to Japan. This was a short presentation on a recent visit to Japan. Japan encompasses extremes of landscape, climate, population, contemporary culture and food for a country that is relatively small. From awesome Blade Runner cityscapes, to old Kyoto temples and gardens to the northern city of snowy Sapporo, it has it all. Japan’s cities offer a window into the future in many…

Sailing Off the Coast of St. Petersburg

Sailing off the coast of St. Petersburg. We are thrilled to see the Lakhta Tower taking shape. Find out more about the Lakhta Tower here.   (Video courtesy of Dmitriy via)