Structure studio Brown & Brown has married stone salvaged from a dilapidated farmstead with timber and board-marked concrete to create The Arbor Home in Scotland.
Situated in a conservation space in Aberdeen, the house nestles in a dipped space on the north of its website and includes cantilevering volumes clad in timber battens.
Brown & Brown’s design concerned demolishing nearly all of the stone farmstead that beforehand occupied the plot, conserving only one wall in place. The remaining masonry was then used to type boundary partitions that shelter The Arbor Home from the neighbouring highway.
“The prevailing coach home had been tailored and transformed through the years, which sadly eliminated all unique options previous to our shoppers buying the positioning,” studio co-founder Andrew Brown advised Dezeen.
“The material was in a poor state of restore, with the outer stone wall, which we retained, being the half which was in the perfect situation,” Brown added.
The studio paired board-marked concrete partitions with the present stone wall to type the bottom flooring of the house. A cantilevered first flooring sits above, clad in larch battens and punctuated with massive glazed openings.
“Supplies used on the bottom flooring are reclaimed or retained stone and board-marked concrete, to attain a sense of solidity across the backyard, with a lighter quantity of timber and glass above,” stated Brown.
Sweeping boundary partitions separate the house from the roadside and curve right into a courtyard. Right here, a stone wall includes a collection of black doorways providing entry to the storage.
A timber door to the aspect of the storage results in a cloistered walkway on one aspect with concrete columns that body views of the backyard. On the opposite fringe of the walkway, a preserved stone wall options unique openings that look out onto the entrance courtyard.
“The cloistered entry gives a psychological airlock, marking a transparent separation between the busy highway and enclosed gardens and residential,” stated Brown & Brown.
Inside The Arbor Home, a large hallway connects the rooms on the bottom flooring and gives views into the backyard by means of massive home windows.
The bottom flooring includes a utility room, rest room and workplace, alongside a double-height circulation area that doubles as a eating room.
The eating and circulation area has a big glazed wall alongside one aspect and a sculptural spiral staircase constructed from birch plywood, created by Brown & Brown with native designer Angus & Mack.
“The stair was assembled over three weeks as timber treads had been individually reduce and hand layered to type a clean, sinuous parabolic curve,” stated the studio.
Different areas on the bottom flooring of The Arbor Home are a lounge space bordered on all edges by floor-to-ceiling home windows and a kitchen with a wall of cabinets lined with darkish slate panels.
Related to the eating area, the kitchen was designed with darkish parts that distinction the lightness of the encircling rooms.
“A lot of the areas on the bottom flooring are gentle and open, with full-height glass linking them to the backyard,” Brown defined. “We wished the kitchen to be tactile and a darker visible anchor which offset the lighter areas to every aspect.”
Upstairs, a collection of bedrooms characteristic floor-to-ceiling home windows that overlook the grass-topped roof and the backyard under. A glass-lined rest room extends from the primary bed room, whereas a shared rest room is linked to the opposite two bedrooms.
“The massive expanses of glazing attract and retailer heat daylight within the thermal mass, and open to passively cool the home in the summertime months,” stated the studio.
Different Scottish homes just lately featured on Dezeen embody a hillside dwelling clad in black steel and a seven-bedroom house coated in recycled TV screens.
Elsewhere, Brown + Brown has reworked derelict stone buildings into boatbuilding workshop and created a black timber-clad house in Cairngorns Nationwide Park.
The images is by Jim Stephenson.