ROCK HOUSE // PERTH AND KINROSS
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Colin Andrew Smith Architect – CASA
The clients were keen for the house to respond to the site allowing indoor/outdoor living.
DIA Awards 2008 – Best House Award Winner
Scottish Design Awards 2009 – Residential Award
Roses Design Awards 2009 – Bronze Medal (Residential)
Saltire Housing Design Award 2010
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 and linear plan of the Rock House was influenced by the Longhouses associated with the historical Clachans traditional to the upper Tay Valley.
- The zinc clad roof curves to mimic the profile of a thatched roof and the structure is exposed to reflect the rural vernacular.
- The roof, along with the house, is set into the rocky crag. This ensures that it maintains a low profile and has a minimal impact upon the landscape.
- The external walls are clad in naturally weathering Scottish larch reflecting the surrounding trees and complimenting the soft grey zinc roof.
- The roof has deep overhangs creating morning and evening covered decks providing shading in summer whilst maximising sunlight during the winter months.
- The elevations exploit the views whilst maintaining privacy from the adjoining cottages.
- The master bedroom is orientated to catch the east sunrise and uninterrupted views of the Loch.
- With the orientation being linear on a north-south axis, all the rooms benefit from both morning and evening sunlight to maximise passive solar gain.
- In contrast to the early longhouses, this house is not
a series of impenetrable walls, but opens up to its surroundings.
- A ground source heat pump provides under-floor heating
and domestic hot water.
- The entire structure was pre-fabricated off site and installed as a series of panels already
with external and internal finishes. This construction ensured an airtight building, which is ventilated via a heat recovery system
- The eco approach is integral to the design – the orientation, the form, the materials, the details and the procurement process – rather than a series of add on features.
Image © Nigel Rigden
Page updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012