Architects’ Showcase: Block Nine unveils contemporary home near Gogar Castle
Block Nine Architects is set to progress its technical designs for a new high-end contemporary two-storey dwelling near Edinburgh’s A-listed historic Gogar Castle.
Approved in October last year, the £1.25 million home will be delivered on a greenfield site adjacent to Edinburgh International Airport.
Sharing its design approach, Block Nine said: “The site is situated to the South-West of Castle Gogar, and to the East of the existing two residential apartment blocks (built 2017). The design solution maximises the views South across the open countryside.
“A high-end sustainable and innovative design has been developed for a contemporary dwelling to meet the demands of 21st century luxury living. The design has been optimised, both internally and externally, to maintain the privacy from the adjacent apartment block. The open planned living space are arranged East-West exploiting the natural sunlight and privacy of the immediate context, while the North and South wings create private courtyards within secluded corners of the site.
“In recognition of the architectural style established within the area, the proposals are clean, crisp and cutting edge in their form, with simple intersecting linear volumes dictated by existing site geometries. The intention is to provide a bold yet sympathetic dwelling which sits comfortably within its context, whilst the internal layout is flexible, and can be easily adapted in the future to meet the changing requirements of the occupants.
“Set over two storeys, a generous open-plan living space occupies much of the ground floor, taking advantage of the views and afternoon sunlight in the South-West, with triple garage and plant room to the North of the site. On the upper floor there are four spacious bedrooms with ensuites and a master suite situated to the South wing. A feature stone wall dissects the proposal at ground floor level creating a cohesive aesthetic and tying the building into its natural semi-rural context, while white render is used on the 1st floor volume in harmony with the materiality of both the existing Castle Gogar, and the neighbouring contemporary dwellings within the site.
“Small areas of feature zinc cladding are utilised to break up the predominantly glass and rendered facades to the first floor. The lightweight glass and zinc sits in contrast to the solid appearance of the stone plinths at ground floor and rendered volumes floating above.
“Considering the context of the site, landscape proposals for the development have been an integral part of the design from the outset. Existing mature Ash, Beech and Sycamore trees will be entirely retained across the site. A mix of soft landscaping, with a range of plant species which are appropriate for the area will aid biodiversity, and will accentuate the building’s geometry across the site, creating a cohesive and integrated proposal, allowing the building and landscape to sit harmoniously together.”
The building utilises ground source heat pumps with a solar PV array installed on the flat roof, alongside electric vehicle charging points, and integrated battery and thermal storage. A sedum roof has been incorporated within the proposals and will enhance the overall sustainability of the building and promote bio-diversity on the site.
The project is currently at technical design stages, with an anticipated start on site in the spring of 2024.
The consultancy team includes architect Block Nine Architects, structural engineer Calum Bennett Engineering Ltd, planning consultant JLL and energy consultant Xburo.