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Moxon gets green-light for Cairngorms home

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Moxon Architects has received planning for this 209m2 home in Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park

The timber-clad scheme will be nestled in a redundant quarry and will join a small cluster of houses and community buildings which are surrounded by the national park’s Crathie Wood.

The ‘climate-proof’ house has been designed to withstand the site’s extreme temperatures which regularly drop below -20°C.

Drawing on references including agricultural buildings and the Arts and Crafts movement, the house features frameless glazing and long-span profiled metal roofing.

The scheme is set to start on site in mid-2016.


The architect’s view

The brief for this house was that it should be of the woods as much as it is in the woods. Although the overall footprint is very simple the interior spaces are deliberately ‘misaligned’ in order to create pockets of space that embed the building in its surroundings with sheltered niches and frequent unexpected views.

The exterior of the building is characterized a series of re-entrant corners and protected recesses that define sheltered external areas and provide lateral views from the living spaces along the elevations and into the woods beyond. A combination of wide rough sawn and narrow smooth planed larch boards will be joined by ‘crinkly tin’ mono pitch metal roofs with deep box gutters and snow rails. Interior spaces will reflect the simplicity of the construction with a palette of materials used to emphasise the quality of light that enters the rooms and draw the eye to views out.


Project data

Location Crathie, Aberdeenshire
Type of project house
Client private
Architect Moxon
Landscape and planning consultant Astell Associates
Structural engineer Graeme Craig Consulting Engineers
Main contractor TBC
Funding private
Tender date Spring 2016
Start on site date Mid 2016
Gross internal floor area 209m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional

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