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Hundred Acre Wood

    Hundred Acre Wood is a private dwellinghouse near Dalmally designed by Denzien Works Architects which has been shortlisted in the aesthetic design (small scale) category. Designed and constructed over an eight-year period, the house reflects the close working relationship between architect and client. The main challenge of the brief was how to create an architecture appropriate for the setting which contained no other built context. Early conversations for the house focused on the history of Scottish architecture, from brochs and tower houses to Mackintosh, whilst at the same time inspiration was drawn from the sculptural works of Eduardo Chillida, which evoke the sense of a carved solid mass. This sense of protective outer shell was key to the design development as a response to the exposed site and harsh weather.

    A unique cladding system was developed, conceived as a contemporary take on traditional Scottish harling and inspired by the clients’ disdain for televisions. Decorative glass chipping created from recycled TV screens collected in Scotland was sourced, and two aggregate mixes were developed which were used on different parts of the elevation – this subtle change in the scale of the aggregate creates an interesting effect on site, capturing the light and rain in different ways and contributing to the changeable character of the building throughout the day.

    Photos copyright Gilbert McCarragher.

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