Gently poised on the rolling hills of rural Aberdeenshire, Camhanaich looks like it belongs. Just like its name (a Gaelic word describing the half-light of dawn or dusk), the building takes its cue from the surrounding landscape. Its success rests on clean lines and sympathetic materials.
It all started with a fairly simple brief. The client asked Fiddes Architects to create a home they could comfortably retire to, on land they owned in Aberdeenshire.
Given the beautiful rural location, the architects gave careful consideration to the building’s form. The dwelling is designed in a staggered H-plan over a single story, combining a contemporary feel with reference to the agricultural vernacular of the local area.
When it came to selecting materials, Fiddes Architects turned to Russwood: “In our opinion Russwood very much lead the way and offer the gold standard as far as timber products go.”
For the building’s skin, the architects selected Russwood Thermopine® Cladding, which combines a natural texture with the durability to see off the harsh northeast winters. The cladding was given a Microtex® finish – a fibrous surface finish designed to provide optimal performance for coating – before being factory coated with Ebony, contrasting with the softer pink hues of the local granite and zinc.
Inside, the sleek modern aesthetic comes into its own, with Russwood European Oak flooring in Pebble adding a welcome dash of warmth.
Fiddes Architects said the Russwood team were “extremely helpful and knowledgeable” at every step of the build. “We always feel confident recommending their products to our clients as we know they have great durability, and can meet various bespoke design requirements of our projects.”