Andrew Michler

White House: Scottish Ruins Transformed Into Modern Low-Impact Home

by , 05/23/11

ruined stone house, local materials, site found building materials,WT Architecture, dry stone wall, passive heating and cooling, Scotland green building, Scotland renovation, Scotland 17th century preservation, dry stone wall, extreme house addition, Scottish green building, The home also takes advantage of passive design strategies to lower its energy demand. A large bank of windows allows daylight to shine on the well-insulated black riven slate floor, which in turn warms the upper stories on either side. The original stone walls shield the home from the prevailing winds and provide a sheltered courtyard. The home is designed to be naturally cooled, and a green roof over the center of the home helps maintain its internal temperature. The home features a rich palette of local materials — from the dry stone wall made from stones found in an adjacent field to the Scottish larch, which is stained black and set both on the inside and exterior of the house. The glass and steel add light elements that contrast with the massive stone walls to give the home a contemporary sensibility. + WT Architecture Via The New York Times Photos © Andrew Lee

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  1. Finocchio March 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I visited the coast of Scotland (along the Strathclyde) in 2003. There were many such cottages abandoned and just aching for an imainative eye. This fortunate example found just that fortunate eye. This simply defies description. To say it’s inspired is understatement. To say “I’d like to live there” is understatement. Well done.

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