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July 22 2021

Hilltop Dunblane home builds on the past

An elevated hilltop home is proposed for the town of Dunblane, tucked behind the B-listed Riverside Hotel and a former mill on Beech Road.

Rising on a steep embankment above the River Allan in the Dunblane conservation area the three-storey property will rise from a series of formed terrace platforms and retaining walls created for the mill.

Main door access to Beech Road is from the upper ground floor with two lower levels following the steep contours of the overgrown site.

In a statement, Enspire Architects wrote: "The design form is of a simple rectilinear box formation reflecting the industrial character and architecture of the existing and former mill buildings, with finishes of locally quarried natural stone, dressed quoins and rybates to corners and openings and coursed random rubble infill.

"Horizontal natural timber cladding panels are utilised sympathetically to relate to the surrounding tree belt. Windows and doors are proposed to be metal casement ‘Crittall’ style to the west, south and east elevations with timber sash and case at the north-facing elevation viewed from Station Road. A regularised fenestration of large window openings to the west elevation overlooking the river gives a sense of the historic heritage of the townscape."

The house will be topped by a roof garden enclosed by a corbelled stone parapet and wrought iron balustrade, presenting minimal structure to the road. 

Built into the hillside the home will present a deceptively small mass from Beech Road
Built into the hillside the home will present a deceptively small mass from Beech Road
The monopitch roof will house an array of solar panels
The monopitch roof will house an array of solar panels

6 Comments

G Man
#1 Posted by G Man on 23 Jul 2021 at 09:31 AM
Looks a bit like something that would've been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright back in the 1930's/40's, not saying it's bad and he wasn't a bad architect, ahead of his time in many respects..
MV
#2 Posted by MV on 23 Jul 2021 at 09:49 AM
FLW just died all over again, how could you?

I think its more a 70's vibe. It's an interesting use of a tricky site, I just don't like the style.
Fact Hunt
#3 Posted by Fact Hunt on 23 Jul 2021 at 10:49 AM
@#1
'... Frank Lloyd Wright ... he wasn't a bad architect'
High praise indeed there from G Man - I'm sure this will mean a lot to Frank's friends and family when they hear your commendation
G Man
#4 Posted by G Man on 23 Jul 2021 at 10:51 AM
1970's

http://www.constructionphotography.com/ImageThumbs/A088-06037/3/A088-06037_1970s_detached_house_with_double_garage_Felixstowe_Suffolk_UK.jpg
G Man
#5 Posted by G Man on 23 Jul 2021 at 11:29 AM
#3 You make it sound as if you have notes of sarcasm in your post, personally I don't think he was a bad apple, he's famous all over the world.. And his works are among World Heritage Sites. Married three times, so that's a lot of family links...

Something like this that has similarities to the building in this picture, albeit from 1937



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright#/media/File:Wrightfallingwater.jpg
Fact Hunt
#6 Posted by Fact Hunt on 24 Jul 2021 at 09:02 AM
"...personally I don't think he was a bad apple, he's famous all over the world.. And his works are among World Heritage Sites."
Enlightening stuff thanks G-Man, every day's a school day

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