Wilmar is a replacement new build on the site of an old prefabricated cottage on the northern edge of Banchory, Aberdeenshire. The clients had a desire to create a home that suited their personal needs and which reflected their own style. A close Architect and client working relationship has resulted in a unique dwelling that is modern yet grounded in its surroundings.
The main body of the house, running East / West with a 40 degrees roof pitch makes up the primary accommodation and living spaces with a 2-storey massing. This is clad with Fibre Cement Roof & Facade Slates with aluminium flashings and ridge. This represents a modern interpretation of the local vernacular and adapts traditional Scottish detailing of simple clipped eaves with a hidden gutter which is both visually appealing and functional.
The secondary element is the single storey open plan living area and is clad in Siberian larch with a silicone coating to ensure consistent but minimal weathering with a light grey finish.
The garage makes up the third building form and is finished in a white silicone render as contemporary take on the traditional wet dash cement render used abundantly in the North East of Scotland.
The building has been highly insulated and detailed to reduce heat loss & cold bridging whilst increasing air tightness and in turn reducing the reliance on the air source heating system creating a dwelling with a low CO2 footprint. The aspect of the main living areas benefit from the southern and western natural light providing ample solar gain.
Wilmar borders with woodland and the outer edges of the local mass housing developments but manages to hold its own as a building of style and efficiency within a rural town context.