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House on Marchbank Road, Aberdeen
A collaboration with Charles Rattray & Ross Aitchison.


The Victorian semi-detached houses on Marchbank Road are unusually orientated, facing away from the street, either onto North Deeside Road or in the case of this site, onto the former railway line to the South. This has resulted in the houses having a somewhat back to front sequence of entry - lacking a legible front. Here a single storey lean-to extension and garage was replaced with a substantial two storey structure, expressing a new street facing elevation.

The L-shaped plan of the existing house has been mirrored in the new extension, creating a small courtyard which clarifies the entrance and links the public accommodation. On upper levels, a series of carefully positioned windows and roof lights create light filled spaces, with framed views out to surrounding mature trees. Externally windows sit flush with dark painted vertical timber boarding, creating the impression of a continuous skin, in contrast to the weight and solidity of the adjoining traditional granite construction.