This private, hidden ‘secret’ house is designed to be built on a tight site on the edge of a steep river bank, with breathtaking views across Brig o’ Balgownie and Aberdeen, informed the stepped and narrow form of this detached family home.

  • Project Name
    Bridge of Don
  • Location
    Bridge of Don, Aberdeen
  • Year Completed
    Not yet on site
  • Key Materials
    Sedum Roof, Black Painted Siberian Larch, Oiled Oak Internal Linings
  • Engineer
    Design Engineering Workshop

Using a restrained palette of materials, including internal oiled oak timber linings and black painted Siberian larch, the house is designed to turn its back to the road behind and face the quiet riverside, towards the wide city views.

The complicated engineering works required to build on such a tight and steep site so close to a sheer drop to the river, informed the stepped and cantilevered form of the two blocks. With public spaces in the lower form and private spaces in the higher, both have access to the views from the rear of the site. The hobbies and interests of the clients are coherently integrated into the design of the house with the inclusion of an oak lined DJ room and the ability to convert the two storey internal wall into a rock-climbing wall.

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Project Team

Andrew Brown
Phil Booth


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