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Our Clients came to Arc looking for a new house in which to spend their retirement which would make the most of a plot in a garden on the edge of a village in Fife. Through Client discussion we developed a proposal for a single storey house with a dynamic shape focusing the internal rooms on views into the garden, out to the Lomond Hills, and to catch the best solar aspect.


The building form has been designed to break up the mass of the building; the three rotated wings with a playful series of pitched zinc roofs echo the neighbouring roof forms and the distant hills. A traditional stone clad gable is presented to the street, with minimal windows looking onto neighbouring properties. The tapering wings create two sheltered entrances, for pedestrian access through the fruit trees on one side and a parking area through mature trees on the other. The wings are clad in horizontal slatted timber boards, with large glazed openings to the garden at carefully established positions and sizes.


The building is designed to a very high level of energy efficiency and thermal comfort, with superinsulation standards and using natural cross ventilation with roof mounted passive heat recovery units. Materials and construction techniques are all specified to have low toxicity and low carbon contents. The unique home was completed in 2016 designed around our Clients’ requirements and the particular opportunities of the site.