Sometimes, old buildings claimed by the passage of time can be transformed into beautiful architectural projects. By blending the old with the new, keeping the traditions, while at the same time bringing something unique to the whole project, a place that was once a ruin can turn into a home. This is what happened during the Torispardon Project, when architects Stuart Archer and Liz Marinko took and old cottage located in Scotlandand and rehabilitated it.
“Due to the state of disrepair it was decided to rebuild these two structures maintaining their massing and footprint. Early on in the design process it was decided to introduce a third contemporary structure, the Link, and join the three buildings together with glass. To nestle the new buildings into their context, the Steading is sunk partially in the ground, cutting into the land behind as it rises; the Link also has a retaining wall to the rear of it to emphasize the same effect”, explained the architects.
The three volumes were each made with a different purpose in mind. First, the Cottage, was created to accommodate any potential guests. When it is no needed, the area can be closed. The Link was designed to house the main entrance, utility and the kitchen. Lastly, the Steading is home to the master suite and the living areas.
The three buildings rebuilt during the Torispardon Project are separated by frameless glass elements that allow interaction between the areas. The Link connects the Steading through several stairs that open to a vast living area with a double height. A large corner window allows the guests to admire the landscape. The mezzanine can be accessed through another staircase. Last, the master bedroom can be found at the rear of the Steading.
The overall layout designed during the Torispardon Project was made to be flexible, in order to accommodate various numbers of people throughout the year. Would you like to live in such a house?