FORDHOUSE // DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
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Simon Winstanley Architects
Castle Douglas, Dumfriesshire
This new house, for two artists, is located in an open countryside of gently rolling landscape near Castle Douglas. It replaces a derelict traditional farmhouse and is sited to enjoy the panoramic views. The house comprises three distinct elements – the main living accommodation, a studio/guest wing and a garage.
GIA Residential Design Awards 2011 – Commendation
Working with the
Respect the landscape setting
and the traditional building
patterns of the locality
Responding to the
Consider the immediate context
and allow specific site conditions
to influence design
Inspirational ideas for
and innovative design
- The form of the house, with its 40˚ double pitched roof, echoes the traditional local buildings.
- The use of black cladding is designed to echo the sheet metal clad agricultural barns that are located nearby and also allows the building to be visually recessive in the landscape.
- Although the house has an agricultural barn-like appearance from a distance, the black zinc roof and external wall cladding gives it a contemporary twist.
- Some windows are picked out in strong acid colours to contrast with the black zinc and create a more modern feel.
- The three elements of the house (the main two storey house, a garage wing and a studio/guest wing) are arranged to enclose a sheltered entrance forecourt.
- The elements are stretched across the site to create a private garden, orientated to get maximum benefit from the sun, and a more formal entrance to the north.
- This is a very low energy building constructed to ‘Passivhaus’ standards of insulation and heated
using a geothermal heat pump, solar hot water panels and a whole house heat recovery ventilation system giving a high energy rating.
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