Location: Biggar, Lanarkshire
Client: Private Client
Programme: Completed 2003
Situated in the Scottish Borders, this extension to the 19th Century house known as Boglesknowe captures the spirit of its superb location and express the intrigue and mystery encapsulated in its name. The key components of the design concept are the variety of glazed openings which allow a progression of light patterns throughout the day and the west facing timber deck.
A sense of intrigue is engendered by the contrast between the ordered garden elevation and the less restrained forms of the rear elevation, which relate to the surrounding woodland. The materials also express a degree of contrast, in the use of natural materials including slate, render and oak panelling along with more modern materials of glass and galvanised steel.
The extension adds an area of light, flexible and open accommodation to a house consisting of traditional rooms with low ceilings and small windows, to offer an enhanced range of possibilities for modern flexible lifestyles.
The result is an unusual and inspiring contemporary living space which relates positively to its surroundings.