Responding to its stunning location, this cross-laminated timber home near Edinburgh, Scotland, trades the traditional notion of the stone country cottage for a more contemporary Scandinavian look.
Named Westside Woodshed, this cool cottage—which is now available for holiday rentals—was designed by Edinburgh–based Roxburgh McEwan Architects. The firm worked closely with owners Jenny Cowan and Michael Rummey to create a stylish, cozy retreat on the couple’s farmland in the Pentland Hills—a range of scenic hills to the southwest of Edinburgh.
The home lies at the west end of the couple’s main house, and it takes the form of a traditional gabled roof cottage. However closer inspection reveals an almost imperceptible widening of the building at one end, resulting in more internal space.
“We wanted to move away from the solidity and introversion of traditional stone-built farm buildings to something with a lighter touch, but still as sturdy. This meant views out to the hills, and an awareness of the outside when within. It also meant one main double-height space rather than the more traditional approach of compartmentalizing into smaller spaces,” says Cowan.
It was important to the couple that the cottage fit into its rugged, hilly environment, so the architects preserved the existing trees on the site. Kebony wood was used for exterior cladding, which quickly weathered to a natural silver to match the surrounding trees.
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