GRAS is a Scottish design studio that tests the boundaries of traditional architecture through the exploration of ideas, materials, techniques and technologies. Their Maker Library, reconfigured into a vintage 1960s caravan, was the first mobile version of the project. Originally a solution for lack of space in their studio, the studio used it to step outside its usual work environment and continue its experimental work. It has roamed as far as London Design Festival and the South of France, developing new products from old techniques and materials along the way. GRAS has shared making skills and expertise through travel exchanges with Maker Libraries in South Africa, Germany and Mexico.
Who is involved?
Maker-architects Gunnar Groves-Raines and Stuart Falconer met studying architecture at the University of Strathclyde. They established GRAS in 2006 to test the boundaries of what is typically understood as architecture, often entering the fields of product design, graphic design, audio visuals and art. They have received many awards for their work.
GRAS has delivered a range of diverse and challenging projects including a mobile, temporary gallery built for Scotland's entry at the 13th Venice Biennale, a cliff-top education room as part of the restored Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Shetland, a new centre for the arts created in the former Gayfield tyre depot in Edinburgh, and a composting shed woven entirely from iron rebar.
Through the Maker Library Network, GRAS has connected to artists, designers and more recently charities and social projects to develop meaningful collaborations.