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‘Inside-outside’ Falkirk home holds court

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June 29 2017

‘Inside-outside’ Falkirk home holds court
Linlithgow-based :thatstudio have unveiled an ‘inside outside’ three-bedroom home within the Dollar park conservation areas of Falkirk.

Arnothill takes the form of a repurposed stables and coach house which have been joined by contemporary living room extension, each of which is arranged around a courtyard space that is directly connected to the interior environment via sliding glazed doors and continuous flooring. Each element is connected by a single-storey link to allow the cluster of buildings to function as a single home

A cantilevered roof partially extends over the courtyard to offer shelter during inclement weather with high quality materials such as ashlar stone, zinc, aluminium framed glazing and slate used throughout.

Outlining their approach the architects said: “Each of the existing buildings are retained and conserved with a strategy of like-for-like repair implemented, including but not limited to re-use of existing slate, render repairs in traditional wet-dash, replacement matching timber windows and renewal of rainwater goods all in cast iron. The new elements are distinctly modern and of their time, providing a visual contrast which accentuates the conserved elements while not compromising their charm or disguising their original function.

“Each pavilion is set away from the next to allow each to retain its own setting and complements the courtyard landscape strategy created by the existing buildings. The new elements are constructed as free facade framed structures, a mixture of steel, timber, glass and stone. This allows large volumes and open plan spaces consistent with contemporary living aspirations, whilst the smaller cellular existing buildings lend themselves easily to more intimate spaces such as bedrooms and a study area with little intervention. Taken as a whole, we hope this creates an interesting chronology of evolution across the site, enhancing the richness of its character and retaining the heart of a small but important piece of history.”

David Narro Associates served as structural engineer with photography by Andrew Lee.
A feature corner bay window provides triple aspect to the living room and allows for views of the mature trees and sky
A feature corner bay window provides triple aspect to the living room and allows for views of the mature trees and sky
A ground floor plan of the new home
A ground floor plan of the new home

An expressed stone wall internally provides a robust and high quality interior character and defines main kitchen and breakfast bar zones within the open plan space
An expressed stone wall internally provides a robust and high quality interior character and defines main kitchen and breakfast bar zones within the open plan space
Large glazed sliding doors flank two sides of the central courtyard
Large glazed sliding doors flank two sides of the central courtyard

The existing buildings and new living room volume are linked by a single storey veil set inside the existing stone boundary
The existing buildings and new living room volume are linked by a single storey veil set inside the existing stone boundary

4 Comments

nomoregrey
#1 Posted by nomoregrey on 29 Jun 2017 at 18:32 PM
oooft!!.... the purple LED lights tell you everything about it. There really should be different categories of Architects, so we don't all get tarnished with and purple LED brush.
malky tucker
#2 Posted by malky tucker on 30 Jun 2017 at 10:03 AM
Surely a Footballers wife was the lead on this...
revmonk
#3 Posted by revmonk on 30 Jun 2017 at 10:54 AM
It's nice (I like the LED), looks well finished and thought through but it does look a bit like they've added a visitor centre to the original house.
Terra
#4 Posted by Terra on 7 Jul 2017 at 10:21 AM
Lol @2 oh yeah that new practice that's just started here in Edinburgh, "W.A.G" :)

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