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NORD ARCHITECTS

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SMALL PROJECTS 2005

Photography by Andrew Lee

The Bell House is a 1950s brick bungalow situated between Strathblane and Milton of Campsie in Stirlingshire, with uninterrupted views to the Campsie Hills. An extension accommodates two large living spaces and a study. Its form derives from the existing storeyand-a-half dwelling, to which it is attached by a single-storey glazed flat-roofed box. It does not blend seamlessly, but rather follows the surrounding rural pattern, where structures are added in response to functional need.

The envelope reinforces the notion of a uniform skin. All components - walls, roof, windows and doors - are pulled flush to the outer face of the building envelope, so that there is no hierarchy between elements.

On the lower level the ceiling is deliberately low, giving a sense that the existing adjacent space has been extended. From this level a fully clad stair and walls create an 'inserted' timber sleeve (with study off). In contrast, the upper level is a full storey-and-a-half in height. Its focal point is the 'folded window' that wraps from the roof to the hip and down to the lower level.

The structural engineer was Ramage Young;contractor Drummond Brown; flooring and stair cladding by Able Flooring.

Cost: £80,000

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