Project Name: Upper Parkbrae
Practice: Brown & Brown Architects
Firm Location: Strathdon, Scotland
Completion year: 2019
Gross Built up Area: 302 sqm
Project Location: Oyne, Aberdeenshire
Lead Architects: Andrew Brown
Structural Consultants: Rubislaw Associates
Contractors: Crombie Ltd
Photo Credits: Nigel RigdenMore Specs
Excerpt: Upper Parkbrae is an architectural project designed by Brown & Brown Architects in Scotland. The concept is centered around the idea that a new ‘ruin’ spine wall be sunk into the site, from which floor and ceiling planes can be supported, and from which the building can cantilever, providing entrance and parking spaces beneath.
(“Text as submitted by architect”)
Upper Parkbrae house is located on a sloping site, in Rural Aberdeenshire, with views to the Back O’Bennachie. The site is punctuated by numerous stone ruins, which indicate it was previously the location of several farms and steadings.
After initiating a thorough laser survey to identify all ruined walls which broke through the ground, a single location was determined on the site where a building could be constructed without disturbing any of the ruinous buildings present.
The concept is centred around the idea that a new ‘ruin’ spine wall be sunk into the site, from which floor and ceiling planes can be supported, and from which the building can cantilever, providing entrance and parking spaces beneath.
The space between these planes is then infilled using either narrow board timber clad walls, or full height glazing, with the lower floor clad in smoked grey clay bricks, which connect the lower floor back to the existing slope. Key views are framed throughout the house, with window benches, reading snugs, and social spaces offering contrasting views of either Back O’Bennachie to the South, or the ruined castle sitting atop Dunnideer Hill to the North-West.