A house of daring contrasts

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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When we've found a house and area we love, it's hard to think there may come a time when, for what ever reason, that we find ourselves running out of space or that the home is struggling to keep up with the demands of 21st century life. In the project we are privileged to tour through today, we find ourselves in the ancient town of Linlithgow in Scotland. One of the finest examples of medieval architecture is said to exist in this burgh, and, as history tells, Linlithgow is also the birthplace of James V and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Collaborating with structural engineer DR Murray, George Buchanan Architects bring us this stellar extension that radiates with both tradition and contemporary charm. Though those words may not seem to fit, you will soon see how it is possible to increase the footprint of beautifully kept period property with a new extension that appears to float in the landscape. Take a look…

The exterior

It's hard to imagine such a modern extension would suit the exterior of this traditional Scottish home. But as you can see, the feat of merging the two together has been achieved to great effect. The traditional vernacular and history of the site has been respected, and yet the occupants have been awarded with a totally new living space to enjoy.

The extension up close

The translucency of the extension helps to keep new modifications unobtrusive and as subtle as possible. The black steel framework ties in nicely with the darkened colour of the existing stone, causing a stunning contrast between two vastly different material qualities and styles.

The kitchen

You can see the pale grey and accent of mauve has been continued through here also. Surprisingly, and this is by all means full credit to the architects, the traditional wooden windows and doors do not look at all out of place against the sea of sleek white surfaces. The countertops have been kept as streamlined as possible, with the only obstruction coming from the geometrically shaped tap. Even the rangehood has been omitted from disturbing the line of sight—the vents and buttons sit flush against the bulkhead and worktop.

The new living room

This image is particularly interesting as we can see the junction where the new extension begins and the old stone walls start. The contrast between the two is a thing of beauty; and shows that the marriage of two different eras is indeed possible. The window cut outs, both vertical and horizontal, create living art, framing the luscious green landscape that will change when the seasons do. The sheen provided by the flooring helps to bounce the flow of natural light, ensuring this space has an ethereal and soothing ambience. 

If you'd like to see another wonderful glass box extension on a period property, check out the following ideabook: Country glamour with a secret

Old meets new

From this other angle, we can see how much character and personality the existing stone wall oozes into this space. The couches and pillows match the same tones evidenced in this beautifully natural surface, creating a wonderful balance between old and new. The skylight helps to flood the space in natural light, meaning that even during the longest of Scottish winters that this living room remains the pinnacle of relaxation and calm.

What is your favourite aspect of this glass box extension in Scotland? Let us know in the comments section below.
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