Surrounded by open fields Affrusk rests on the outskirts of Banchory in Aberdeenshire. Careful consideration has been given to how this family home should look and sit on the site. Affrusk Cottage was designed using an offset T-shaped plan and elevated over 1 & 3/4 stories. The design, whilst evoking a modest contemporary feel, has vernacular elements imbedded in the scheme that provide a relation back to local traditional agricultural buildings such as barns and farmhouses. This includes building materials such as slate, granite and timber which are both long lasting and are commonplace in the north east of Scotland.
On approach to the entrance to the house you walk under a generously sized car port which provides not only shelter when exiting a vehicle but also a dry connection between the house and the adjacent cinema room. The main entrance was formed using local granite stonework, with a recessed lime based mortar, which leads you into the main 2 storey volume of the house. Using granite at the entrance provided an immediate link to the existing historic mill building that is also on the site.
Siberian larch cladding was used on various single storey aspects of the building. The cladding was set out in a varying width modular fashion, planned by the Architect, and provides a natural irregularity to its appearance. Apart from the sustainable a aesthetic benefits, this material choice was in direct response to the site context which is surrounded by woodland.
The main two storey portion of the house has been rendered in a silicone render system. Although White Wet Dash Cement render is abundant in the North East of Scotland we chose a silicone render system to give the appearance of this traditional finish but with the benefits of modern day technologies. Natural slate was used on this portion of the Roof alongside zinc flashings and a zinc ridge which created a modern interpretation of simple clipped eaves which are commonplace in Scotland. Quartz Grey VM Zinc Standing Seam Roofing and Cladding has been thoughtfully used to reflect the historic nature of steel barn style buildings within the local area. The zinc, as opposed to barnyard corrugated steel, creates a more formal and regimented appearance fitting to the contemporary design form of this dwelling.
The combined choice of materials create a uniform natural colour palette whilst giving a modest contemporary feel to the building form. The materials are purposely broken up by a change in either use or emphasising a specific building element.