Completed in 2006 the Young House is a new build in a central conservation area of Edinburgh. The clients’ aim was to achieve a house of the highest quality that reflected their own interest in Arts & Crafts architecture, particularly Blackwell in Bowness, by M.H. Baillie Scott.
City Architecture Office was appointed through a recommendation by Malcolm
Fraser, former deputy chair of Architecture+Design Scotland.
The building is a linear pitched roof two storey form, cut into a sloping site that was previously an orchard (now enclosed by other housing) to reduce potential overshadowing. This arrangement gives a storey and a half scale to the entrance courtyard on the east side with a high level of openness to the SW garden.
Privacy is maintained by minimising window openings in number and size to the north, east and south sides, whilst large glazed screens at the garden level afford a seamless transition from interior to exterior on the south west side.
The house respects its context and historic patterns of growth in an area that has a range of scales and forms of building.
The property is over 300msq with a rich variety of spaces including an inglenook and triple height lounge and gallery. It required a high level of coordinated production information to achieve the desired quality of finish.