Solid House, North Berwick

The brief for this new-build house was to be modern, uplifting, substantial and connect positively to its context. Built on a former garden site, it is a contemporary reinterpretation of the Georgian Villa; with a rational layout, simple forms, high ceilings and generous window openings. The rubble stone chimney acts as the coordinating feature of the interior and exterior, holding the balcony whilst anchoring the spaces at the point where the two-storey mass breaks up in order to embrace the garden. The use of traditional materials creates a calm and established atmosphere designed to provide a robust home that can be enjoyed by many generations of families with minimal future adaptation.