Bridge of Don

On a tight plot at the edge of a steep river bank, this private and hidden ‘secret’ house takes in breathtaking views across Brig o’ Balgownie and Aberdeen. 

This detached family home is designed to turn its back to the road, and face the quiet riverside, towards the wide city views. Using a restrained palette of materials, including internal oiled oak timber linings and black painted larch, helps the house sit quietly in its semi-urban setting.

The complicated engineering works required to build on such a tight and steep site, edging a sheer drop to the river, informed the stepped and cantilevered form of the building. Essentially shaped from two blocks, with social family spaces in the lower form, and private spaces in the higher, each benefits from sweeping views from the elevated site. Integrated into the design of the house is an oak lined DJ room, and the ability to convert the two storey internal wall into a rock-climbing wall. 

Location

Aberdeen

Year Completed

Ongoing

Project Team

Phil Booth
Andrew Brown

Contractor

Renders

Photography

Awards

Bridge of Don
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On a tight plot at the edge of a steep river bank, this private and hidden ‘secret’ house takes in breathtaking views across Brig o’ Balgownie and Aberdeen. 

This detached family home is designed to turn its back to the road, and face the quiet riverside, towards the wide city views. Using a restrained palette of materials, including internal oiled oak timber linings and black painted larch, helps the house sit quietly in its semi-urban setting.

The complicated engineering works required to build on such a tight and steep site, edging a sheer drop to the river, informed the stepped and cantilevered form of the building. Essentially shaped from two blocks, with social family spaces in the lower form, and private spaces in the higher, each benefits from sweeping views from the elevated site. Integrated into the design of the house is an oak lined DJ room, and the ability to convert the two storey internal wall into a rock-climbing wall. 

Location

Aberdeen

Year Completed

Ongoing

Project Team

Phil Booth
Andrew Brown

Contractor

Renders

Photography

Awards

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We are increasingly asked to complete the interior design of a building. For us, this is an obvious step to ensuring the space blends with the landscape, from the inside out. Selecting complimentary materials, fixtures and furnishings that ebb and flow throughout the building is considered not as an afterthought, but as an integral part of the design process.

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