A Modern Home Covered By The 17th Century Ruins



In collaboration with Nathanael Dorent Architecture, Lily Jencks Studio finished a project built upon history in rural Dumfries, Scotland. The project was in the form of modern home shrouded the 17th-century ruins of a farmhouse. Instead of banishing the ruins, the architects came with the idea of incorporating them into the home design.

The House

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The house was built without changing the single stone in the ruins from the 17th-century farmhouse. Therefore, the architects in charge decided to incorporate the ruins into a modern and ultra-efficient family home.

Grassy Landscape

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From the house, the view of grassy emerald landscapes is presented to freshen up the atmosphere.

Original Structure

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With the suggestion of four walls, the original structure was eroded down to waist-height for the house exterior.

High Contrast Design

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To come up with a new and unique look for the ancient farmhouse, the architects went with a high-contrast design.

Three Layers of Walls

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The house uses three layers of walls beginning with the original stone. The first layer is a black waterproofing EPDM rubber shaping a pitched-roof for the interiors.

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The house also equipped with a curving interior ‘tube’ wall system emphasizing the interior spaces to create a sense of soft and cave-like nature.

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For the furniture and storage, the homeowners can use a ‘porched’ space within the thickness of the tube wall and between the envelope and the tube.

Via Web Urbanist


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