Our task was to modernise and deliver a minimalist yet striking design, enhancing the virtues of the original house concept and opening spaces as required to meet modern expectations and energy standards and, to create a dynamic architecture, we added a new 'Gallery Pod' extending from the Entrance in the upper wing, passing over the lower wing as a dramatic cantilevered panoramic viewing platform.
Other Notable Design features:
Doors are all handmade with veneered pattern representing the 'H' pattern of the house plan. Some are full height sliding panels for open-
New suspended chimney breast hangs over a polished concrete hearth as a foil to the horizontal layers.
The Kitchen/Breakfast space has a 4m long boomerang-
The house has low energy LED lights throughout with concealed feature lighting integrated into ceilings.
The entrance composition has strong Japanese notes, in a broadly symmetrical arrangement, with relief panels either side framed within a bold dark grey render band.
This project is a refurbishment of a 1970's house, on the hillside at Shandon Rhu, overlooking the Gareloch.
The existing house is timber frame construction (no insulation) and a warm brown brick finish.
The teak window frames were structural and supported the hand-
The 'H' plan design consists of two single storey wings positioned one above the other on the hillside, allowing both wings to enjoy views of the Gareloch.
External steps and platts are detailed with recessed plinths to appear to float.
Textured 'cast concrete effect' panels are our unique design and original manufacture using a (virtually indestructible) resin concrete and like the doors, the pattern echoes the plan of the house.