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Restrained Blackhall home joins growing eclecticism of inter-war suburb

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January 6 2022

Restrained Blackhall home joins growing eclecticism of inter-war suburb

DS Architecture has applied for planning consent to build a detached three-bedroom home adjacent to 20 Hillpark Avenue in Blackhall, Edinburgh. 


Dating predominantly from the 1930s the suburban environment also includes a mix of mid-century bungalows and more recent development, prompting a sensitively scaled design in line with adjacent properties. 


In a statement, Dugald Skene said: "Positioned within the extended garden of an existing property and a former independent house plot, the design proposes two principal forms, one single storey and one over two storeys, offset in plan to create outdoor space to the rear as well as the front. Views are focused to the front or rear to mitigate risk of overlooking any neighbouring properties and the structure is positioned back from the street and at the lowest point of the site. 


"The building will be finished using a restrained palette of light clay brick to complement the traditional stonework and render of the mid-century properties located on the street, and randomly arranged open jointed timber cladding above. The line of transition between materials provides a strong datum across the whole structure to which the ground floor glazing all addresses, creating a simplicity in aesthetic." 


The house is awaiting a determination from Edinburgh planners.

CGIs provided courtesy of Dalgety Design

An existing garage will be demolished to make way for the build
An existing garage will be demolished to make way for the build
The house is split between a single and double storey elements
The house is split between a single and double storey elements

The living space opens onto a small enclosed courtyard terrace
The living space opens onto a small enclosed courtyard terrace

6 Comments

George Buchanan
#1 Posted by George Buchanan on 7 Jan 2022 at 11:19 AM
Another delightful proposal from DS Architecture
Neil
#2 Posted by Neil on 10 Jan 2022 at 11:59 AM
This is really nice, good work DS!
Andrew Brown
#3 Posted by Andrew Brown on 10 Jan 2022 at 12:58 PM
Really nice scheme for a difficult and tight site. Look forward to seeing it realised.
Cadmonkey
#4 Posted by Cadmonkey on 11 Jan 2022 at 12:03 PM
Hmm.. I think the plan needs more work.
The master bedroom is disproportionately large.
The seating area is disproportionately small.
The stair should be flipped to make the circulation more efficient.
George Buchanan
#5 Posted by George Buchanan on 11 Jan 2022 at 17:43 PM
#4 I disagree and think the plan works well.
Given that the sizes of the rooms mentioned could easily be reduced/enlarged within the plan form, I would imagine that the sizes meet a specific brief requirement from the clients…unless you know otherwise?
As positioned, the stair allows the full north-western wall to be utilised as a storage zone and affords a clear view down to the garden terrace from the main entrance.
Nairn's Bairn
#6 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 12 Jan 2022 at 10:48 AM
#4 & #5 - Irrespective of client requirements, there is obviously the requirement for the accessible 12m2 'enhanced apartment' room on the principal living level. As the 70s style sunken living area has been rendered inaccessible to those with restricted mobility, the bedroom will need to have been made large enough to provide this space to make the house usable by all.

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