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Surrounded by open fields, Bruadarach rests within the Dee valley where a variety of traditional and contemporary architectural styles are present. Careful consideration was given to the building form and its position on the site, the building is split into a cluster of 3 masses which define the different occupations using single and 1 & 1/2 storey forms. The design, whilst evoking a modest contemporary feel, has elements that provide a relation back to older agricultural buildings such as barns and farmhouses, characteristic to the local area.

An H-shaped plan provides necessary accommodation and living spaces and allows for a private area to be formed in the garden to the south. The main body of the house, with a 45º roof pitch and roof windows, makes up the primary accommodation and living spaces. An open plan living area, to the south, runs parallel to this and takes advantage of the south light using large glazed features. The centre linking section houses a plant / utility room and entrance vestibule.

The dwelling uses various building materials which are common to the North East of Scotland, creating a contemporary building form using a natural colour palate.
Siberian Larch Cladding, with both a SiOO:X Original & Black vacuum coating treatment, is used in combination with a Dark Grey Corrugate Steel Roof in response to local agricultural buildings. Local granite stone, natural slate, and a white silicone render are also used to enhance the appearance of a traditional finish.

The building uses a factory injected insulated timber frame with detailing that increases air tightness, in turn reducing heat loss, cold bridging, the associated CO2 footprint and energy bills. An air source heat pump is the primary heating system for this dwelling working with a wood burning stove.

PROJECT: Bruadarach
LOCATION: Glassel, Banchory, Aberdeenshire
CLIENT: Private
ARCHITECT: Fiddes Architects
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Graeme Craig Consulting

Main Contractor:  Bruce McCombie Builders

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