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Michael Laird Architects draw up plans for Ravelston Quarry trio

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July 31 2015

Michael Laird Architects draw up plans for Ravelston Quarry trio
Michael Laird Architects, in collaboration with Rankin Fraser, have drawn up plans for a trio of bespoke detached villas overlooking Ravelston Quarry for AMA (New Town) Ltd.

Standing in the shadow of the partially exposed quarry rock face and overlooking a pond the sandstone and zinc clad properties will sit within a network of new public footpaths connecting to the nearby Ravelston Park and Ravelston Wood.

In their design statement the architects said: “The proposed villas are arranged in a linear North-south direction, loosely parallel to the cliff face and angled to maximise natural light and south west aspect.

“The space between the cliff and new line of development form a linear entrance courtyard. This is a dramatic and unique space dominated by the stone quarry face and enhanced by the stone facades of the villas.

“The building forms are asymmetrically raked and reference the geometry of the cliff face and the undulating site topography. Large glazed living spaces with adjacent covered parking and entrances spaces are tucked under the principal mass of the building form.

“The end villa to the north hover’s its living space over the pond. Finished in zinc, this property is expressed as a lightweight structure in contrast to the heavier stone structures of the villa’s that are immediately adjacent to the cliff.”

Each property will stretch to 300sq/m, occupying a largely secluded spot toward the centre of the site.
Each villa will be clad in a combination of sandstone and zinc
Each villa will be clad in a combination of sandstone and zinc
Some structural gymnastics will see the end villa partially 'hover' over the pond
Some structural gymnastics will see the end villa partially 'hover' over the pond

1 Comment

Tricia Henton
#1 Posted by Tricia Henton on 11 Aug 2015 at 15:09 PM
I assume you know this is a partly infilled landfill site?
How many trees are you going to destroy?

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