Spyon Cop by Brown & Brown: a Cairngorms retreat

Spyon Cop by Brown & Brown: a Cairngorms retreat

Scottish architects Brown & Brown have crafted a uncooked and minimalist dwelling inside Scotland’s idyllic Cairngorms Nationwide Park; welcome to Spyon Cop, a brand new three-bedroom household home framing lengthy, inexperienced views throughout the area’s valleys and the close by River Don. This peaceable pure context was key proper from the beginning within the Aberdeenshire- and Inverness-based studio’s design, led by observe co-founders Kate and Andrew Brown. 

Spyon Cop by Brown & Brown: a Cairngorms retreat

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Brown & Brown designs Spyon Cop

‘From the outset, we needed to design a constructing that sat delicately within the panorama and didn’t disrupt the horizon line. The consequence for Spyon Cop is a straightforward design, whereby every thing springs from the identical end and is intentionally restricted, permitting the views to take priority,’ Kate Brown explains. ‘The problem with constructing in these circumstances is designing one thing that matches harmoniously with the rugged panorama. Spyon Cop marries the up to date retreat our shoppers needed, with a house that appears to have grown from the hillside.’

Spyon Cop by Brown & Brown: a Cairngorms retreat

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Whereas Spyon Cop occupies the footprint of an previous stone cottage which was demolished by the point the present house owners purchased their plot, the architects had been eager for the brand new dwelling to stay discreet and never compete with its verdant context. Making a easy, low construction utilizing the clear strains of a minimalist structure strategy felt like a no brainer for the crew. A sod roof planted with grass tussocks lower from the hillside tops the construction, embedding it in its environment.

Spyon Cop by Brown & Brown: a Cairngorms retreat

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Inside, a refreshingly pared down and simple strategy to the interior association mirrors the outside’s simplicity. An open plan kitchen and lounge sit on the coronary heart of the design, flanked to the east by the primary bed room and ensuite; and to the west by a household rest room, utility room, and two bedrooms. 

Spyon Cop by Brown & Brown: a Cairngorms retreat

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The supplies really feel tactile and the comparatively restricted palette of concrete, wooden (the outside, for instance, is black-painted larch) and microcement locations the emphasis on the vistas – which wrap the residing expertise by means of massive openings throughout all sides of the home. In the meantime Brown & Brown’s use of low carbon ideas for the undertaking implies that the home each breathes and shows environment friendly thermal retention – including sustainable structure to its listing of credentials. 

Spyon Cop by Brown & Brown: a Cairngorms retreat

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‘Being perched on the hilltop at Spyon Cop is like nothing else; my favorite expertise of the home is sitting in my Ercol chair or – in good climate – out on the deck, espresso in hand, watching the solar rise over the valley,’ says the shopper, Siobhan Turner. ‘We had been very aware when constructing that this was to be our vacation dwelling, and had been decided to not take housing inventory out of the native space. Working with a neighborhood structure agency, with native builders and so far as attainable native suppliers and craftspeople, we’ve got been capable of realise our dream, to construct a home that makes the very best use of the land and views, and does so gently, and quietly, providing a spot we’re at peace in.’

Spyon Cop by Brown & Brown: a Cairngorms retreat

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Spyon Cop by Brown & Brown: a Cairngorms retreat

(Picture credit score: Dapple Pictures)

Spyon Cop by Brown & Brown: a Cairngorms retreat

(Picture credit score: Dapple Pictures)

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