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July 11 2019

Woodland home brings black magic to the Borders

A woodland home near the market town of Lauder in the Scottish Borders has taken shape following completion of the private house by Taylor Architecture Practice.

Pyatshaw nestles within a fairytale setting of dense woodland adjacent to a fast-flowing burn, standing as one of a loose collection of homes within an isolated hamlet.

Defined by its embrace of black-stained larch the property stands back from the water to mitigate flood risks, preserving mature trees which envelop the site by adopting a minimal footprint to delicately skirt an extensive root system.

Accommodation is arranged across five stepped levels hugging the steep topography of the site, with this internal complexity largely hidden by a simple pitched roof form.

In a statement, TAP wrote: “All of these spaces are accessed via a hallway that is fully glazed to the west side and contains steps, doorways and places to sit, all animated by shifting, tree-filtered light.

“Steel beams, columns and timber roof joists are exposed to reveal the form of construction and to give texture and depth to the ceiling plane. At the end of this ascending route is the wedge-shaped living space, where you enter into an unexpectedly tall space below a roof light.”

The main living space is located on a flat raised plateau affording views of the surrounding grove.

A fully glazed hallway connects the interior spaces
A fully glazed hallway connects the interior spaces
A tight plot and tighter budget necessitated following the lie of the land
A tight plot and tighter budget necessitated following the lie of the land

The exterior belies a deceptively large interior volume
The exterior belies a deceptively large interior volume
Woodland views are maximised throughout
Woodland views are maximised throughout

3 Comments

cultural grammar pedant
#1 Posted by cultural grammar pedant on 11 Jul 2019 at 16:27 PM
'black magic'??? (tut)
mick
#2 Posted by mick on 11 Jul 2019 at 22:32 PM
this is certainly one of the TOP (not TUT) examples of architecture evidenced on recent UR issues.
well done TAP !
Asimov
#3 Posted by Asimov on 12 Jul 2019 at 09:16 AM
You can literally sit and watch the paint dry :)

With proper interio design this could be a gem.

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