David Blaikie Architects, Glasgow, 2019


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We were asked to update and improve this inter-war house located on a raised site to the southwest of Glasgow

The house is a classic, gentle, Arts and Crafts, white harled with brick detailing under a clay tile roof 'cottage' with stylistic nods to its Glaswegian location including Mackintosh motifs on the wrought iron gates. The brief was set to connect the living areas of the house with the private, rear garden which was a full storey below due to the topography of the site and take advantage of the extraordinary views over Greater Glasgow taking in Ben Lomond to the north, the Campsie Fells and many of the landmark buildings of Glasgow.

Our solution was a remodelling of the internal living spaces and a contemporary 2 storey extension to provide an additional living space with connecting stair that creates a functional transition between house and garden. 5.4M wide by 3M tall frameless glazed, square bay windows at the upper and lower levels address the dramatic view. The form of the extension is carefully proportioned, structurally explicit and uses contextual materials to link it back to the original house.

Photography by David Barbour


  • Begun: Aug 2018
  • Completed: Jun 2019
  • Floor area: 60m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £210,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Dec 2018
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: Glasgow, G46, United Kingdom