TYPE: Concept design | SECTOR: Private | AREA: 173 m2 | LOCATION: Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in Colinton, an historic village within Edinburgh, this inward focused private house subtly blends into the surroundings. The building tightly fills the entire site. All ground floor windows open towards a large and bright courtyard containing a shallow pool of water acting as - rainwater harvesting tank and an elegant design feature. Sliding-folding glazing links the spacious living area with the patio. Stone paving of the courtyard is reminiscent of Colinton’s historic character.
To maximise daylight, large rooflights have been located over the kitchen, dining and living area as well as above both bedrooms. Roof design has been inspired by traditional Scandinavian turf roofs, contributing to the retention of site’s biodiversity despite an increase in built area. The green roof also helps reduce the heat-island effect.
A black contemporary volume at first floor level cantilevers dramatically from a white rendered plinth. Black zinc has been selected as cladding material for its aesthetic qualities as well as incredible durability and resistance to rust and corrosion. The impressive overhang highlights entrance zone of the property and provides a covered parking space.