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House in the Carse of Stirling


The Carse of Stirling is agricultural in character and scattered with traditional farmhouses, along with their associated utilitarian buildings, steadings and cottages. While our proposed new house asserts itself within this context, it’s form, organisation and character are rooted in the vernacular farmstead ‘cluster’ typology, which is particularly prevalent within the area.

Two pitched roof volumes define the primary accommodation, with a third providing ancillary space. Individual structures are carefully positioned on the site, huddled loosely together to form a partial courtyard. Their organisation responds to the necessity of approaching from the south west, while ensuring the views south towards the Gargunnock hills are given prominence from the principal rooms.

The house is conceived principally as a rubble stone construction, with vertical timber cladding introduced as a ‘lining’ to the courtyard. A continuous stone ‘plinth’ emphasises continuity with the whole, and ties into a datum level which is reflected in new drystone dykes, reaching out to define areas of landscaping. This in turn grounds the building within its site, providing sheltered places for gardens and outdoor living.