Roderick James Architects’ Airship002 Calls To The Countryside


Roderick James Architects are UK’s leading designers of contemporary and traditional timber frame buildings.

Specializing in the use of green oak frames, their designs have a particular emphasis on space, light, and sustainability. With extensive experience concerning renewable technologies, natural building materials and waterside buildings, along with working on Listed Buildings and in Conservation and Coastal Areas, AONBs and National Parks Roderick James Architects worked throughout the UK, as well as further abroad.

They have designed over 1000 houses, cabins, tree-houses, and houseboats over the past 30 years and have wide experience of life in small spaces and where and how buildings deteriorate. The AirShip002 is a prefabricated building that can be dismantled and relocated if desired. A prototype was built in the grounds of Eagle Rock on the west coast of Scotland with stunning views of the Sound of Mull, and another AirShip has now been placed into a beautiful woodland setting in the Sussex countryside.



One of the problems with pre-fabricated buildings is that although they can be dismantled, the damage to the structure often makes it un-economic. Timber also degrades, and although it has many advantages, (on which we have built our reputation), the AirShip is designed to eliminate many of its drawbacks.

The Airship can be almost any length as it is a modular construction, and can be supplied either 4400mm wide or 6000mm wide with 2 bedrooms. The standard model is 9200mm x 4400mm wide and 3950mm high. Roderick James Architects are happy to provide a commission work for building the small houses. It is an opportunity to explore new chances of joining small but practical habitat with the diversity of surroundings.


Photography by Nigel Rigden with courtesy of Roderick James Architects

Video by Woody James with courtesy of Roderick James Architects

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