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April 4 2018

Hillside home hunkers down in Aberdeenshire
Brown + Brown Architects are to make their mark on the Aberdeenshire countryside with proposals for a glamourous new home on the footprint of a demolished hillside cottage.

Prepared on behalf of private clients Spyon Cop has been conceived as a contemporary property, responding to the steep topography of its sloping site with a monopitch grass roof that will blend with the landscape when viewed from higher elevations.

Arranged back to front with a rear entrance to maximise shelter the majority of living spaces will benefit from south facing views of the River Don below with access from the public road to Glenbuchat Castle.

In a statement the architects wrote: “It is proposed that the new dwelling house occupy part of the footprint of the previous cottage, which sits within a hollow on the hillside. The house would run on the same axis as the now demolished cottage.

“A single storey dwelling is proposed in order to reduce the potential ridge height of the building, and it is felt that the form of the building would create an unashamedly contemporary, yet complimentary, addition within the landscape, which sits within, and is informed by, the existing topography.”

Finished in black painted and untreated timber with a corten steel clad covered entrance kept deliberately low to impart a feeling of ‘hunkering down’ against the elements. Stonework from the demolished cottage will be re-used for landscaping and site walls.

Images by Touch3D
A stone cottage has occupied the site since 1867
A stone cottage has occupied the site since 1867
A strtegically positioned ceiling hung stove, bath and fire pit make the most of views
A strtegically positioned ceiling hung stove, bath and fire pit make the most of views

An exposed situation demands specification of high performance triple-glazed aluminium windows
An exposed situation demands specification of high performance triple-glazed aluminium windows
Massing has been restricted to a single monopitch form
Massing has been restricted to a single monopitch form

5 Comments

boaby wan
#1 Posted by boaby wan on 4 Apr 2018 at 11:12 AM
that guy shouldn't be rushing around so much, something dodgy in the holdall guv?
Pea Soup
#2 Posted by Pea Soup on 4 Apr 2018 at 12:01 PM
A really solid, simple plan. Minimal dead space and a logical arrangement. Seems to be a great use of space.
kat
#3 Posted by kat on 4 Apr 2018 at 12:11 PM
I love it. The colors are stunning and make the building blend in with the rural surrounding. This is never easy to achieve. Beautifully executed and I love the copper color entrance.
alvaro siza perr o they bits
#4 Posted by alvaro siza perr o they bits on 4 Apr 2018 at 15:55 PM
a richt guid shed.
- like the form.
Terra
#5 Posted by Terra on 29 May 2018 at 06:47 AM
very nice indeed

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