18-century farmhouse meets modern home design.
Moxon Architects have put new life into Coldrach, a formerly derelict farmhouse in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.
Situated at Crathie in the Lochnagar National Scenic Area, Coldrach is an 18-century farmhouse that's been sensitively restored as a private home with an extension that draws on the ad-hoc tin shed typology of farm buildings.
As part of the regeneration, the granite farmhouse has been restored using traditional craft techniques. A low-impact extension is positioned to the rear of the existing building, minimising impact on the topography of the site. The addition creates a ‘U’ form plan similar to that of vernacular steadings in the area. This gives a sheltered external space between the original farmhouse and the extension which acts as a micro-climate in the otherwise exposed site.
The sinusoidal profile of the sheeting is used in horizontal and vertical directions to distinguish between fixed and moving panels, 50% of the courtyard wall area can be opened up. The result aims to not only reflect the austerity of the existing granite architecture but also continue the use of vernacular materials – honest and elementary.
The extension’s larger windows help take in views of the surrounding natural summit while sliding doors allow the home to open onto the courtyard.
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