The design of this new house near Edinburgh utilises materials and building methods which aim to anchor the building to the context of the site and the wider landscape. The house sits into the slope of the site where there was previously a large agricultural shed. Scottish Larch shingles echo the texture of the adjacent old lime kiln walls, and have weathered to a very similar colour. The Larch 'sleeper' cladding to the north is robust, and emphasises the long, low nature of this element, leading the eye to the hills in the distance. Lime render on a woodfibre-based board is used in panels on the South and West elevations, while the roof consists of both sedum and re-used slate elements. The construction of the house was featured on Channel 4'.s Grand Designs and was given commendations by both the Saltire Society Housing Design Award and the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 2007. It is also featured as an exemplar in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park 'Supplementary Planning Guidance: Sustainable Design'.
Director / Architect
Richard & Pru Irvine
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