What is usually done with the ruins of old buildings? They - depending on their historical or architectural value - are either preserved and converted into a tourist attraction, or destroyed. But a group of architects and designers from Scotland decided to do it differently. The authors of the project "inscribed" a new building into the ruins of an old farm of the 18th century, building a modern house on the basis of the ruins. The result is a stylish building with antique "inserts". Creative, unusual and beautiful! And inside it is also comfortable.
About three hundred years ago, there was a solid farmhouse in Dumfries, near the mouth of the Nice River. But, alas, sooner or later everything falls into disrepair. So it happened with this stone building, from which by the beginning of the XXI century only half-ruined fragments remained. They also interested the architects.
The project is called Ruin Studio, which, perhaps, does not need translation. Authors - Lily Jencks Studio, Nathanael Dorent Architecture and Nous Engineering.
The contours of the original stone walls were used to design the new structure. And the holes in the ruins determined the location of the future windows.
After extensive transformations, the result is a lavish, exclusive 1,940 square foot home with a synthetic rubber façade. Inside, the masonry passes into a "curved" interior. The interior walls of the building are made from recycled polystyrene blocks covered with reinforced plastic.
Interestingly, there are no doors between the rooms. The living room, bedroom, study and kitchen combine to form a winding open space. Eight large lamps provide natural light to the home. The design is solar-powered, which means it is self-contained and extremely energy efficient. The interior is heated by two large ovens. This house is located far from communications and, thanks to the idea of the designers, it is possible to live in it without external resources.
The house is distinguished by "layering". The first layer is the ancient stone walls that originally existed here, the second is a shell with a gable roof, lined with waterproofing rubber. Then comes the tubular system of curved interior walls (polystyrene blocks on wood frames, covered with fiberglass). The authors of the project emphasize that such layering personifies the passage of time and demonstrates a combination of seemingly incongruous styles and materials.
The north-facing windows offer a gorgeous view of the area. You can even see herds grazing. And by itself, a large number of windows and bright, light colors in the interior decoration allow not only in summer, but also on rainy winter days, to do without artificial lighting until sunset.
The architects are sure that such a house allows the owners to enjoy the fact that they live directly "in history", because their house has survived and embodied several eras at once.
By the way, this project was highly appreciated in the architectural community. In the year of construction, it won the Surface Design Award in the Exterior of Housing category, received the RICS Award in the Design Through Innovation category and received the GIA Award in the Residence category.
So, if you purchased a suburban area together with fragments of walls from old housing, do not rush to demolish it. What if from these "ruins" you can also come up with something interesting?
Well, fans of Scotland will certainly be interested to know about like a loving king and one battle predetermined the fate of this country.
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