Design Awards 2012
North Lodge, Milngavie
studioKAP chartered architects
Category: Small Works
The original house was conceived as a picturesque element within the Victorian Milgavie reservoir landscape. As such it displays unusually refined architecture (for such a modest dwelling) and an almost chrystaline form of nested volumes; quite difficult to add to sympathetically and quite challenging to achieve on a limited budget.
We sought to draw the centre of gravity of the house towards the garden at the rear and re-establish day-to-day entry off a new courtyard space. One of the existing volumes was extruded towards the road in reclaimed Scots slate and Cullalo stone to engage with the stone boundary wall where a chimney gives vertical presence to the otherwise long and low new wing. A new rooflit entrance space was inserted into the deep internal corner thus created and careful alterations to the existing walls in this area enable a more fluid relationship between the spaces around it.
Subtle alterations breathe new life into a rather stiff and outdated dwelling.