Rubislaw Den Residence

Isis Architecture, Aberdeen, 2011


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Exterior view from garden 

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  • Exterior view from garden    
  • Exterior view- curved glass    
  • Exterior view- oak soffit    
  • Internal View- exposed granite wall    
  • Internal view- garden room    
  • Internal view- from kitchen    
  • Exterior View-zinc roof    
  • Internal detail- rooflights    
  • External detail- oak soffit    
  • Plan    
  • Section    
  • Elevation    
  • Elevation    
  • Plan- before    
  • Structural model    
  • Eaves detail    

A new garden room extension and kitchen refurbishment in a listed building in the Aberdeen Conservation Area

The project brief was to refurbish the existing kitchen and to design a new garden room extension. The existing house is a Category C Listed Building located within a Conservation Area in Aberdeen.

The garden room is a curved design which maximizes the available light and is intended to be a contemporary expression which sits comfortably within its traditional setting. New rooflights and a fully glazed façade also keep the adjacent refurbished kitchen bright. The curved façade directs views towards the main garden and glazed bi-fold doors give access to the garden space.

High quality materials have been carefully detailed including; a standing seam zinc roof, polyester powder coated external steelwork and windows, oil finished oak soffits, stainless steel internal columns and an engineered walnut floor. The existing external granite wall which now forms the interior of the garden room has been cleaned and pointed.


  • Begun: Feb 2011
  • Completed: Jul 2011
  • Floor area: 80m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £140,000
  • Tender date: Dec 2010
  • Procurement: Minor Works (Scotland)
  • Address: Rubislaw Den South, Aberdeen, AB15 4BB, United Kingdom

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