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Glasgow Institute of Architects SMALL PRACTICE winner 2013
Houses in Kilmacolm
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Houses in Kilmacolm

These award winning low cost eco-houses provide an alternative to the many repetitive and inappropriate houses produced in mass across the country. Our design is intended to contribute positively to the current and future developments of Kilmacolm and the surrounding area, by integrating into the village fabric with a truthful crafted architecture. Render, brick and copper are traditional quality materials, in this case put together in a fresh way to replace an old metalwork shed. The design is specifically tailored to the site level responding to local materials and colours, and built on the diagonal boundary of the old workshop. The diagonal ridge roof profile allows maximum light into the private rear gardens.

The use of materials is a very important part of our design, leaving a lasting physical reminder of the smithy by incorporating a highly specific site response beautiful metal details and a copper sheet covering to the roofs. Outward facing walls are rendered in a pale purple colour similar to that found in the local stone. The internal facing walls of the dwellings are clad in timber panelling, creating a softer and more intimate feel to the walled gardens. Structurally the houses are formed in TEKhaus super insulated panels combining superb energy efficiency with compact wall thickness and have achieved an air tightness rating of 2.4 (the best recorded rating in Scotland to date). The external finishes are clean and simple with the majority of surfaces being covered in granite sets with galvanized metal edges.

The houses have won a Saltire commendation award, were short listed for a roses design award, and made the top ten of the Grand Designs house of the year awards as well as featuring in numerous magazine and book publications.

Some photographs by Douglas Gibb of Douglas Gibb Photography

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