Spyon Cop

Innovative Single House Design: highly commended

Architect: Brown and Brown
Main Contractor: Crombie Ltd
Engineer: Design Engineering Workshop
Location: Glenbuchat

The property occupies the footprint of a former stone cottage and features a pitched roofline, angled to create a sweeping elevation on approach. A sod roof planted with grass tussocks cut from the hillside makes the building nestle into its setting. A dramatic view is optimised with an expanse of glazing.

The judges commented that this is an exceptional design and is an exciting response to its dramatic location. It is wonderfully simple, and the roof slope responds well to the slope of the hill and ties into the landscape.

Inside Spyon Cop, living area with sofa, table and person walking

Overlooking Spyon Cop roof, with hills, trees and river in the background