02/ The Coach House
FBN was commissioned to design a new private dwelling in the gardens of an existing villa incorporating a disused sandstone coach house that flanks the eastern site boundary. The linear nature of the house is an attempt to create a contemporary house that sits successfully in its sensitive context, forming a relationship with the strong gabled forms of the surrounding buildings and the existing coach house, utilising rather than fighting against planning restrictions.
The house is divided into 3 entities, creating an assemblage of buildings reminiscent of traditional outbuildings, rather than a single form. A double height reception hall links the refurbished coach house and the new body of the house which gently steps down the hillside culminating in a large living room which opens out onto a generous south facing deck overlooking the existing mature garden. An austere black zinc volume defines the upper floor, echoing traditional slate roofs, creating a bold yet recessive backdrop to the garden. This sits upon a stock brick plinth that aims to harmonise with the existing sandstone buildings whilst delineating the eastern site boundary. A glass volume pierces the plinth flooding the family room with light and is guarded by a feature brick wall, which frames vistas to the garden.
The Coach house builds upon FBN’s research into low carbon housing, aiming to become the first ‘zero carbon’ house in East Dunbartonshire.