Gowston Farm

Location: Stirling

Cost: £250,000

The applicant’s instruction was to design a building that was of contemporary appearance but derivative of the local vernacular. Local traditional architecture was studied and key themes were distilled.

The qualities of the local style were used to develop a fluid narrative to describe a process by which a typical local house could be adjusted towards a contemporary style whilst maintaining the spirit of the key features and allowing the utilisation of a modern floor plan.

The resulting external appearance is a one and a half storey building styled in a contemporary vernacular that responds to the local tradition without resorting to the pastiche of ‘regular’ timber kit designs.

The southeast and southwest elevations are proposed to maximise daylight exposure and this is where primary living space is proposed. To the north elevation windows have been carefully positioned to benefit from the stunning views in that direction.

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