Hope, Midlothian


Located next to disused 18th century lime kilns, the design of this new house utilises materials and building methods which anchor the building to the context of the site and the wider landscape. The house sits into the slope of the site where there was previously a large agricultural shed. Scottish Larch shingles echo the texture of the lime kiln walls, and have weathered to a very similar colour. The Larch “sleeper” cladding to the north is robust, and emphasises the long, low nature of this element, leading the eye to the hills in the distance. Lime render on a woodfibre-based board is used in panels on the South and West elevations, while the roof consists of both sedum and re-used slate elements.

The house has received both Saltire Society and Edinburgh Architectural Association Commendations, and has been featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. It is also featured as an exemplar in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park “Supplementary Planning Guidance: Sustainable Design”.

Photographs ©Douglas Gibb / Icosis

Saltire Society Housing Design Commendation 2007

Edinburgh Architectural Association Design Commendation