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March 5 2021

Deceptively understated home to join exclusive King's Cairn development

Brown & Brown Architects are to shortly file plans for a substantial bespoke home within the eclectic King's Cairn residential development at Archerfield, East Lothian.

Overlooking a golf course the upmarket build is inspired by traditional building forms with modest dry stone walls flanking a black painted timber gable as seen from the road, before opening out into sheltered external spaces deeper into the site.

In a planning statement, the architects wrote: "The proposed building is a single-storey volume, with a mezzanine area to the South-East. The form of the building is broken into distinct elements, with a pitched roof social block at the heart of the house, and low stone-clad green-roofed elements sitting around this (guest bedrooms, master suite, garage, garden room).

"Whilst the plot sits adjacent to the main access road, it is certainly possible to site a house upon it which create a clear distinction between public/private space, and this has been a key driver of the design process."

A covered walkway will connect a subsidiary garage to a detached garden room via the social areas with bedrooms also pulled away from the body of the main home, accessible by connecting corridor and a glazed link.

The massing of these perimeter spaces will be kept consciously lower than the central entertaining area to establish a clear visual hierarchy and further emphasise the entrance.

A huge kitchen, living and dining space sits at the heart of the home
A huge kitchen, living and dining space sits at the heart of the home
A linear floorplan segregates social and private functions
A linear floorplan segregates social and private functions

A sheltered terrace frames views of woodland and a golf course
A sheltered terrace frames views of woodland and a golf course
Low slung bedrooms and a garden room orbit a central social space
Low slung bedrooms and a garden room orbit a central social space

4 Comments

Bill S
#1 Posted by Bill S on 5 Mar 2021 at 09:16 AM
Not sure if anyone else is familiar with the King's Cairn development at Archerfield, but if not; think of an American gated community with huge detached properties of varying architectural "styles" that are randomly plonked around a private golf course with no contextual awareness at all.

In contrast, Brown & Brown have produced an incredibly sensitive scheme with a simple low slung plan, quality materials and a rigour in detailing - at least that is what the visuals show!
The Heart of Saturday Night
#2 Posted by The Heart of Saturday Night on 5 Mar 2021 at 10:24 AM
I mean, it's stunning, but what it really needs is a massive black box plonked on top. Would really add to the drama of the proposal.
Pleasantfield
#3 Posted by Pleasantfield on 9 Mar 2021 at 12:52 PM
A pretty fair effort and a welcome change
Damp Proof Membrane
#4 Posted by Damp Proof Membrane on 9 Mar 2021 at 15:53 PM
Hoping this shows up the Disney McMansions that make up the rest of the plots.

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