Located on the leafy edge of a residential street in the South Lanarkshire town of Larkhall, site shape and conditions have dictated the site layout response into two distinct parts; a short linear run of three detached dwellings, and a crescent of 5 detached dwellings. Surrounding architectural form is dominated by 1970’s house buildings, and is peppered with a more vernacular two story typology.
We have developed a standard house type that establishes identity and variety, recognising traditional Scottish housing form and materials. Site topography allows the buildings to sit approximately 4m below Avon Road level; thereby minimising any possible loss of amenity to the existing dwellings. By occupying the roofspace, the overall bulk of the dwelling is further reduced.
The prototype design explores the possibility to provide a generous 4/5 bedroom house, with volumetric interest in the form of a double height space over the living room. There is an option to either convert the generous attic space into additional bed spaces or retain as a large family space.
Using a concise palette of materials with standard components we engage with surrounding materials and propose using indigenous, locally sourced materials where possible. The initial materials palette includes: brick on external walls, natural slate roof covering, concealed gutters and rain water pipes, high performance double glazed windows, integrated stained timber panelling, permeable block paving to forecourts and timber decked terraces.
This provides the consistency and repetition necessary to achieve a realistic economically viable housing typology, and variance required that creates a true sense of space within each of the rooms internally.