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House 1 in Bridge Of Weir
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House 1 in Bridge Of Weir

Formerly a quarry, our site on Ranfurly Place on the south side of Bridge of Weir, currently sits over grown between the golf course and clubhouse. The brown field site is bounded by a steep rock face to the south and west, a sharp drop in level north to the clubhouse, and a road (Ranfurly Place) to the east.

The site is defined through its shape and form, and is very much a solitary pocket, isolated from the surrounding land. Our proposal is located on the lower north side of the side, allowing the building to integrate and nestle into the landscape. The building form is specifically tailored to the dramatic site levels, responding to the curves of the rock, mirroring the southwest site edge.

From the south and west approach the house will be virtually unseen due to the high rock levels to this side. All trees and shrubbery will be retained further hiding the house from this village approach view, “the “most important view’ from a planning perspective.” The building will be screened to the east and north views by the existing trees and shrubbery again to be retained, the existing stonewall to the road edge and the open and stark clubhouse in front to the north.

The proposed house is modest at 125m2 in a site of approx 1000m2 thus leaving sufficient garden ground. The architecture is site specific in a modern Scottish vernacular style.

Our design is intended to contribute positively to the current and future developments of Bridge of weir and the surrounding area by integrating into the site and village fabric with truly crafted architecture. We propose to use traditional high quality materials; render, stone, slate, lead, further reinforcing this as a unique one-off house for a unique one-off site.

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