This site was located at the northern end of Blinkbonny Road with views over a small parkland area to the Forth and Clyde canal and the Forth valley beyond. Before the build a handsome, Victorian double villa sat at the end of the road but did not address the park or canal at all. Arka used the scale of the Victorian house together with a sloping site to create a three storey townhouse, built from a continental brick that referenced the sandstone of the old villa. One part of the dwelling recalls Scottish tower houses with their solid walls and small windows. The other side is more like a pavilion in the park with big windows capturing the views. Low carbon technologies with ‘Passive House’ levels of insulation, solar thermal hot water and heat recovery ventilation make the house incredibly efficient to run.
STIRLING SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS BEST RESIDENTIAL BUILDING AWARD 2016