the project

This is an exciting commission in the Lowlands of Scotland. The task was to create designs for the renovation of an existing farm steading plus luxurious new accommodation for estate guests. It had to be an exemplary example of traditional Scottish vernacular architecture which would sit sympathetically within the steading and the rolling landscape.


How we worked

Our process involved very careful examination and understanding of our client’s brief and detailed consideration of the existing site and steading. The building had the dual remit of having to function efficiently as a commercial building and yet convey the romantic image of the Scottish sporting lodge.

Our aim, as always with a brief for a new traditional-style building, is not to create a pastiche copy of something from the past, but to combine light spaces and flowing plans with robust and historically correct appearance. This means researching the correctly portioned massing, balanced solid to void ratios (area of wall compared to the area of window) and observing correct external architectural details using traditional materials. So, while the building resembles those of 19th century Scots baronial architects, the formula results in a 21st-century property fully fit for today’s lifestyle requirements but which fits without jarring into its environment.

Our process led us through detailed iterations exploring the location of the sporting lodge relative to the steading and how to totally reuse the existing buildings.

Our conclusion was that a new building would be required to meet the brief combined with the intelligent repurposing and renovation of the steading buildings


Success of the project

This project is ongoing. The designs offer a luxurious and impressive option for a 21st-century sporting lodge, featuring the best of Scots Baronial style, in a beautiful location in the Scottish Lowlands.