Ann Nisbet Studio

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10.2021: Home Building and Renovation Magazine

October 2021: Home Building and Renovating Magazine

Our Renovation and Extension of Katy and Nick’s Victorian villa in Glasgow’s leafy Pollokshields features in this month’s Home Building and Renovating Magazine.

Located in the ground floor of a converted sandstone villa within the Pollokshields’ Conservation Area, this project created a light, open plan kitchen forming a new central hub of a family home This was achieved by readjusting the focus from the front shared garden to the private rear garden and re-planning the internal circulation through out the ground floor. The new full height zinc dormer creates a modern intervention between the two-storey villa and the former utilitarian building to the rear, bringing in much need light into the kitchen and forming a new connection to the garden.

Article by Caroline Ednie and photographs by David Barbour

You can read more about the project here

09.2021: Planning Approval for project in the National Park

Delighted to have received Planning Approval for the renovation and extension of an existing ruined house and outbuilding in the National Park.

The existing cottage has significant structural issues and unfortunatly cannot be saved and therefore will have to be removed and replaced. Existing materials such as slate and stone will be salvaged and reused in the new house and landscaping.

The existing stone barn is to be retained, repaired and converted into the main living spaces for the new house.

We have now been given the go ahead to produce the working drawings and Building Warrant Packages. This project is due to commence on site in late summer 2022

09.2021: Skye Project wins RIAS Award for Architecture

We are delighted that our Mobile Micro Home in the Isle of Skye has won an RIAS Award for Architecture. Congratulations and thanks to our client Ali, Michael MacKinnon Joinery ( Main Contractor) Design Team and the rest of the team involved in the project.

Christina Gaiger, the RIAS president, said: “The covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of our built environment to individuals and communities, and the RIAS Awards are a moment to pause and celebrate the incredible difference that architects are making across the country.

“This year’s RIAS awards demonstrate the critical role architecture can play – whether that is delivering better homes and public services, addressing climate change, celebrating our shared culture and heritage, or simply giving moments of real delight. There is a real breadth in this year’s clutch of RIAS Awards, and each of them is a very worthy winner.”

Photo Credit: David Barbour

04.2021 – Planning Approved for our rural house in South Lanarkshire

We are delighted to receive planning on this zinc and timber clad new house in the South Lanakshire landscape. This building gentle curves around the site allowing views to be captured on all sides of the new house. The form provides a sheltered outdoor space, which is accessed from key rooms in the house.

The materials zinc and siberian larch rain screen cladding emulate those commonly found in the rural landscape.

The Building Warrant and Construction packages are now under way and the project will commence on site in early 2022.

01.2021: Constructions starts on our ‘Garden House’ in Dumfries.

Construction has commenced on our Garden House in Dumfries. The new house is located in a mature garden and is formed from four brick clad volumes, which create private garden spaces and courtyards in the ‘in between’ spaces.

The new house is due to be completed in Autumn 2021

Further information on the project can be found in the ‘Work’ section

12.2020: Construction starts on New House on Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire.

Our timber clad house and outbuilding in the Isle of Arran commences on site

The house is located on the former site of  an historic Clachan and more recently a series of farm buildings. The new house is located within the stone ruins of the former dwellings, emulating the form, proportions and story of the former clachan.

12/2020 – Glasgow Institute of Architects: Conservation and Renovation Talk

We were delighted to be invited to talk about our Albert Drive renovation project at the Glasgow Institute of Architects: Conservation and Renovation series of talks.

The project is located on the ground floor of a converted sandstone villa within the Pollokshields’ Conservation Area, this project created a light, open plan kitchen forming a new central hub of a family home more images here

07. 2020 – Multi Generational Home in Angus starts on site

Our Multi Generational Farmhouse has started on site this month. Located in Angus, this new farmhouse has been designed to accommodate three generations of the same family. The form and design of the house references the  forms and characteristics of traditional farm buildings in this specific area of Angus.

The building is clad in zinc and larch cladding. The project employs a fabric first approach, with both buildings heated via a ground source heat pump.

We’re looking forward to seeing this project take shape over the next few months.

Homes and Interiors Magazine

Homes and Interiors Scotland Magazine
Project: Albert Drive, Polloksheilds, Glasgow
Article by Caroline Ednie
Photographs: David Barbour

Grand Designs Magazine

Grand Designs Magazine
Project: Altarf: Mobile Micro Home
Article by Caroline Ednie
Photographs: David Barbour


02.2020: Guest Lecture at Glasgow School of Art

We were delighted to be invited to talk to the Architecture students at the GSA  about our project that formed part of the Architecture Fringe Festival 2019, which looked at ideas relating to rejuvenating and re purposing Scotland’s abandoned coastal swimming pools  and our on going research into Scotland’s historic coastal and tidal pools.

We are looking forward to visiting PIttenween tidal pool with the students in the following few weeks and see their projects develop over the next couple of months.

Altarf: Micro-Home, Isle of Skye

Mobile House: Isle of Skye

Located on the Isle of Skye, this mobile micro home prototype was developed as a low cost, thermally efficient, mobile house, designed for the rural landscape.

The Client’s initial brief was for a ‘small but not tiny’ house on the site. However, after discovering that the ground conditions on the site were poor and would not support traditional foundations, a ‘mobile house’ concept was developed.

The house contains three main spaces, which are open to the apex, to provide a feeling of space, light and height. Each is divided by a deep storage wall, containing storage or other functions. The three spaces flow together, creating a greater feeling of space and light throughout the building.

Externally, the building is clad in a mixture of black standing seam zinc and untreated Siberian larch cladding, emulating those materials commonly found within the rural landscape. Both external and internal materials were considered in terms of longevity, re-use, maintenance and environmental impact.

Once complete, the building was transported across the Skye landscape, to the site and lifted into position. In the future the building can be removed from site and travel to a new location, where its narrative will continue.

Photographs: David Barbour

Area: 30m²    Completion: Autumn 2019・ Client: Private

Awards:

RIAS: Award for Architecture 2021

Scottish Design Award: Shortlisted

GIA Architecture Award: Shortlisted

12.2019: GIA Awards – Commendation in the Small Works Category

We are delighted that our renovation project on Albert Drive was awarded a commendation at the GIA Architecture Awards on Friday night.

The project is located on the ground floor of a converted sandstone villa within the Pollokshields’ Conservation Area, this project created a light, open plan kitchen forming a new central hub of a family home more images here

Congratulations to our Client’s Katy and Nick and the rest of the team involved in the project.

Pollokshields: Renovation and Zinc Extension

Pollokshields: Renovation

Located in the ground floor of a converted sandstone villa within the Pollokshields’ Conservation Area, this project created a light, open plan kitchen forming a new central hub of a family home This was achieved by readjusting the focus from the front shared garden to the private rear garden and re-planning the internal circulation through out the ground floor. The new full height zinc dormer creates a modern intervention between the two-storey villa and the former utilitarian building to the rear, bringing in much need light into the kitchen and forming a new connection to the garden.

The low ceiling in the kitchen was removed, opening the space up to the apex, a new roof light was added to bring further light into the rear of the kitchen. Work included insulating the walls, floor and ceiling of the new space and constructing a new acoustic and fire separation wall between the existing house and neighbouring property.

The material palette both internally and externally was kept simple and robust.

Photographs: David Barbour

Area: 50m²    Completion: Summer 2018・ Client: Private

Awards: GIA Awards 2019: Small Works: Commendation