Ford House

Simon Winstanley Architects, Castle Douglas, 2009

 

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House for two artists that replaces an existing traditional farmhouse with a very low energy building clad in black zinc sheeting

The house comprises three distinct, the main living accommodation flanked by a studio/guest wing, and garage on either side. The three blocks divide the site into two; a public side with drive entrance and outbuilding, and a private side with a south-facing garden.

The use of black cladding is designed to echo the sheet metal-clad agricultural barns nearby and to be visually recessive. Several windows and doors are picked out in strong yellow to contrast with the black zinc. As a contrast to the exterior, the interior is light and open to provide a neutral background for the clients' art collection.

The house is super-insulated and is heated using a geothermal heat pump, solar panels and a whole-house heat recovery ventilation system.

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  • Begun: Aug 2008
  • Completed: Aug 2009
  • Sector: House
  • Procurement: Scottish Minor Works
  • Address: Castle Douglas, United Kingdom

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