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Scotland House Uses Range of Material, Spatial Style

Thursday, February 8, 2018

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In the latest project by London-based architecture firm Hanson Architects, a traditional home was essentially flipped, setting bedrooms on the ground floor and the living room on the first, while retaining the original structure’s established building lines.

The two-story, 3821-square-foot home also features a terrace facing the coast to the south, with another facing the garden to the north.

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Hanson Architects was commissioned by the homeowner to replace the original 1960s structure with the five-bedroom home, which is located near Elie on Fife, in Scotland. The local council recommended that the new building follow established building lines, so as not to increase the structure’s footprint.

According to Architects’ Journal, the floors are connected by a metal stairway that rests under a glass rooflight, the largest used in a Scottish domestic project. The home also features a low-pitched zinc roof that reflects in the ceiling angles below while also flowing with the topology of the landscape. The roof also maximizes the space of the first floor.

Faced with K Rend insulated rough-render with cast stone window surrounds, the home also features timber doors and metal-framed windows. The chimney, which is render-clad, serves a wood-burning stove and is located at the heart of the building.

According to Andrew Hanson, founder of Hanson Architects, the design factored in both limited selection of materials, respecting the neighbors in terms of scale while also using facing materials that reflect those traditionally found in Fife.

Create Engineering LLP served as the structural engineer on the project, with M&E Consultant acting as contractor design and AGB Developments Ltd. as the main contractor.

The project was awarded runner-up in the Dundee Institute of Architects’ “Best New House” awards in 2017.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Color + Design; Design build; Residential; Residential Construction

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