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August 27 2014

Double crescent Aberdeen orchard home unveiled
Graham Mitchell Architects have unveiled a walled garden house situated within a former orchard in the Lower Deeside Valley, Aberdeen.

Defined by a curving stone wall the site now plays host to a double crescent three-bedroom home finished in Flemish bond platinum white brick and full height glazing under an oversailing roof.

This distinctive form divides accommodation into two distinct private and public blocks which together frame a secluded entrance space, with natural light drawn through 3.2m high glazing.

In their design statement the practice noted: “The double crescent shape is informed by the existing curved garden wall and each wall adjusts in size and angle to suit the function of the room within. Split into two distinct blocks sliding past each other the entrance is located in the space between and provides a secluded approach flanked by tall white brick walls.

“While the existing wall surrounds and protects the garden so the solid elements of the house seek to emulate this. The found feeling of enclosure is continued upon entry as the spine brick walls differentiate between the public and private areas of the house. Top-lit by rooflights the entrance hall serves as a habitable link between the two blocks.”

Photography by Gillian Hayes of Dapple Photography
A ground floor plan illustrating the relationship between the twin crescents
A ground floor plan illustrating the relationship between the twin crescents
A rear spine wall divides spaces internally and incorporates fitted kitchens, fireplaces and storage
A rear spine wall divides spaces internally and incorporates fitted kitchens, fireplaces and storage

An historic stone wall demarcing the former orchard has inspired designers of the home
An historic stone wall demarcing the former orchard has inspired designers of the home
An upper floor offers expansive views across the gardens
An upper floor offers expansive views across the gardens

Two external roof terraces overlook the garden
Two external roof terraces overlook the garden

9 Comments

James Falconer
#1 Posted by James Falconer on 27 Aug 2014 at 11:48 AM
Well this looks like a cracking little gem. Would love to see the plan.
Ross Anderson
#2 Posted by Ross Anderson on 27 Aug 2014 at 12:28 PM
Fantastic looking project.
Well done GMA, great to see such great work coming out of Aberdeen.
Abutment
#3 Posted by Abutment on 27 Aug 2014 at 12:28 PM
Yes, would love to see a plan. Any available UR?

Only criticism for me is the capping to the brickwork. Would have preferred a pure brick parapet detail.

Still looks good!
Adele Wilson
#4 Posted by Adele Wilson on 27 Aug 2014 at 14:03 PM
This looks absolutely fantastic. Well done GMA!
urbanrealm
#5 Posted by urbanrealm on 27 Aug 2014 at 14:47 PM
I've added a ground and first floor plan from the architects
hingwy
#6 Posted by hingwy on 27 Aug 2014 at 16:04 PM
Nice - a homage to Shuttleworth
Ian Nairn Jr
#7 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 27 Aug 2014 at 19:16 PM
Indeed #6 - some similarities! http://archinhome.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Crescent-House-Design-by-Make-Architects-2.jpg
Sven
#8 Posted by Sven on 29 Aug 2014 at 22:17 PM
What a great building. Love how light and clean the design is.
David Narro
#9 Posted by David Narro on 11 Sep 2014 at 14:08 PM
Really nice GMA - well done.

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