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Moxon gets go-ahead for Scottish hillside home

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Moxon Architects has won planning for this hillside home overlooking the Water of Feugh in Lower Deeside, Scotland

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA

The 225m2 timber-clad house’s ground floor is set over four levels which drop in line with the gradient of the site.

The house is linked to the hill by a terrace bult from a drystone granite walling and matching an existing dyke that runs along the south of the site.

Strachan House by Moxon Architects

Strachan House by Moxon Architects

Architect’s view 

Set in the rolling landscape of Lower Deeside, Strachan House is a contemporary family home set into a steep landscape, made up of a series of connected volumes that utilise the banked terrain. Although the house is largely a linear composition, a slight angle in the line of the building creates a courtyard entrance, providing shelter from the prevailing wind. 

Internally, the primary living spaces are used to form connections between rooms, reducing the need for corridors and allowing for a compact built form. The ‘ground floor’ is broken up into four different levels that drop down in line with the gradient of the site. 

The house is visually anchored to the hillside by a terrace area built from drystone granite walling and matching an existing dyke that runs along the south of the site. In contrast, the middle portion of the house is formed of untreated timber and large windows taking in a sweeping view of nearby Clachnaben. Above this, a gently formed zinc roofline changes the material palette once again. This outline reflects the shape of distant hills, while the eaves pick up the slope of the site. 

Strachan House by Moxon Architects

Strachan House by Moxon Architects

Project data 

Location Strachan, Banchory, Aberdeenshire
Type of project residential
Client private
Architect Moxon Architects
Main contractor TBC
Funding Private
Tender date TBC
Start on site date end of 2016
Completion date TBC
Contract duration TBC
Gross internal floor area 255m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional

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