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Brown + Brown gets the OK for ‘unashamedly contemporary’ hillside house


Brown + Brown Architects has won approval for this 124m² log cabin-style house on a hill above the Mains of Glenbuchat in the Cairngorms National Park

Clad in black-painted and untreated timber, the home at Spyon Cop will sit on the remaining plinth of a now-demolished 19th century stone cottage.  

According to the practice, the scheme has been designed to ‘blend in with the existing topography of the site, with [its] monopitch grass roof appearing almost as part of the hillside from above’.

The design and access statement for the project adds: ‘[The] form of the building would create an unashamedly contemporary, yet complementary addition within the landscape.’

The single-storey house also features a  Cor-ten steel-clad entrance ‘inspired by the vernacular agricultural architecture of the area’.

Work is expected to start in summer.

Brown and brown spyon cop section

Brown and brown spyon cop section

Project data

Location Spyon Cop, Glenbuchat, Aberdeenshire, Cairngorms National Park
Type of project One-off house
Client Private
Architect Brown + Brown Architects
Planning consultant n/a
Structural engineer Design Engineering Workshop
M&E consultant n/a
Quantity surveyor TBC
Planning supervisor Brown + Brown Architects as principal designer (CDM 2015)
Lighting consultant TBC
Main contractor Not yet appointed
Funding Private
Tender date May/June 2018
Start on site date Estimated August 2018
Completion date Estimated March 2019
Contract duration Estimated seven months
Gross internal floor area 124m²
Form of contract Traditional
Total cost Undisclosed

Spyon cop 08

Spyon cop 08

Source: Touch 3D


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