Ann Nisbet Studio


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


RIAS Award: Shortlisted (Under-consideration)

Scottish Design Award: Shortlisted

GIA Architecture Award: Shortlisted

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

Garden House: Dumfries

Garden House: Dumfries

Located in a mature garden, the new house is formed from four brick clad volumes, which create private garden spaces and courtyards in the ‘in between’ spaces. We are now progressing with the construction drawings and hope to commence on site in January 2021

Area 175sqm  Construction expected: January 2021  Private: Client

Bantaskin Street, Glasgow

Plot 3 Bantaskin Street

Ann Nisbet Studio have been appointed by a private client to prepare proposals for a two bedroom home as part of the Bantaskin Street Self Build Pilot. Glasgow City Council are undertaking a ‘self build’ pilot project adjacent to the Forth and Clyde Canal Locks in Maryhill, Glasgow.  The city hope to adopt this approach to various brownfield and vacant sites around the city.

Size: 95sqm  Commence on site: 2020  Client: Private


Bantaskin Project: Shortlisted for RTPI Planning Award

Dundashill Custom Build Housing

Dundashill Custom Build Housing

Ann Nisbet Studio were invited by Igloo Regeneration along with five other Glasgow architecture practices to design a terrace house for a proposed development in Dundashill, in the north of Glasgow.

The proposal was for a custom build housing solution for the Dundashill area, in partnership with Scottish Canals, Igloo Regeneration and CCG, with off-site production and construction by CCG.

Coastal Tidal Pools: Reuse

Ann Nisbet Studio were asked to take part in the Architectural Fringe Festival’s Re Types Exhibition and explore adaptive re-purposing of an imagined existing building or structureThe studio’s project explores ideas relating to rejuvenating and re purposing Scotland’s abandoned coastal swimming pools and comments on local democracy, land ownership, social isolation and collective bathing.

Date Completed:May 2019  Client: ArchiFringe

Newhouse of Auchengree

rural design farm house

zinc clad farm house

Contemporary farmbuilding and steading in ayrshire

New House of Auchengree North Ayrshire

Contemporay zinc clad house in north Ayrshire

Rural Design: Contemporary Farm House, North Ayrshire

Newhouse of Auchengree: North Ayrshire

The new house is located within North Ayrshire, an equal distance between Dalry and Beith, within the Garnock Valley. The site is a plateau at the top of a slight incline and raised from the surrounding agricultural fields. This elevated position gives the building wonderful views over the North Ayrshire Landscape, however it has little natural shelter and is very exposed to the elements. Strong South-Westerly winds can make being outdoors on the site quite uncomfortable.In response to the site and conditions, the functions of the house are contained within a cluster of building forms, which draw on the traditional groupings of agricultural farm buildings and steadings in the surrounding North Ayrshire Landscape. A two storey element, a one storey linear element and an outbuilding form a cluster around a three sided courtyard. The buildings draw on the form and proportions of traditional rural North Ayrshire Architecture. As with traditional local buildings and agricultural buildings, the roofs on the proposed house are symmetrical with a traditional pitch on all the main parts of the building.

The roofs and walls of the building are clad in zinc. This material choice provides a contemporary, quality exterior that references the local rural agricultural buildings. The choice of material also draws on North Ayrshire’s tradition of industry and agriculture working harmoniously in the landscape and looks at referencing the steel and iron foundry’s, which were once located in the Garnock Valley.

The proposed building is approached via the existing access, which continues through the building into the internal protected courtyard. The pend creates a pause space between the wider landscape and the intimate internal courtyard. The large barn doors can be closed to provide both privacy and security as well as a small micro climate via an indoor/outdoor space, which extends the seasonal use of the courtyard and provides a sheltered outdoor space even in the most severe weather.

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Columbkille, Isle of Arran

New Rural House Isle of Arran

New House location in stone ruins

Architect designed rural house Arran

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Columbkille: Isle of Arran

Ann Nisbet Studio were appointed as Architects to design a house, outbuilding and studio on a rural site, on the Isle of Arran. The site is located out with the local development plan, in an area designated as countryside and was therefore submitted for planning via North Ayrshire’s ‘Single House In The Countryside’ Planning guidance.

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 buildings in a contemporary way.

Due to Commence on site: February 2020   Client: Private

Architects’ Journal: Five to Watch in 2018

Architects’ Journal
Title: Five to Watch in 2018
Article by Laura Mark
Photographs:Susan Castillo

Laura Mark picks five talents who look likely to break through to greater things in the coming year including Ann Nisbet Studio.

Grand Designs: House of the Year

Grand Designs: House of the Year
Project: Newhouse of Auchengree
TV Series: Channel Four and Grand Designs
Aired: Tuesday 21st October 2017 @ 9pm

Our Newhouse of Auchengree project was filmed as part of Grand Designs: House of the Year 2017. We were delighted to be shortlisted for the prestigious awards and a finalist on the final aired on 28 October 2017. You can watch the episode on Channel Four On Demand: Link Here



Homes and Interiors Scotland

Homes and Interiors Scotland Magazine
Project: Newhouse of Auchengree
Article by Caroline Ednie
Photographs: David Barbour

RIBA JOURNAL: November 2017

RIBA Journal
Project: Newhouse of Auchengree
Article by Kieran Gaffney
Photographs: David Barbour

The RIBA Journal published an article on ‘Newhouse of Auchengree’ and featured Newhouse on their front cover.

Grand Designs Magazine

Grand Designs Magazine
Project: Newhouse of Auchengree
Article by Caroline Ednie
Photographs: David Barbour

RIAS and RIBA National Award

Our Newhouse of Auchengree wins RIAS Architecture Award and RIBA National Award at the Annual RIAS Awards Dinner in Edinburgh. Newhouse is now one of 12 buildings shortlisted for the prestigious Andrew Doolan Award for Best Building in Scotland.

Sunday Times Newspaper

The Sunday Times: Scotland Home
Project: Newhouse of Auchengree
Article by Helen Davis
Photographs: David Barbour

Architects Journal

Architects Journal
Title: Glasgow’s Next Generation of Architects
Article by Ella Braidwood
Photographs:Susan Castillo and Keith Hunter


Sealbh House: Tomatin

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Rural architecture Tomatin

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Sealbh House, Tomatin

Sealbh House is situated in the rural area of Tomatin, in Strathdearn close to Inverness and enjoys panoramic views of the Cairngorms and the River Findhorn. The site is located in the Soilshan wood in the remnants of a small holding, which still contained a workers cottage/bothy. To the East of the site lies the railway line and the A9 road and to the west lies the River Findhorn and the village of Tomatin.

In response  to the local vernacular, the building has a narrow plan, allowing light from both aspects. The upper storey of the building over hangs the building and is clad in vertical larch rain screen.  The lower storey is clad in rendered block and forms a buffer between the building and the A9 road that lies to the East. Expansive  windows run the length of the west elevation and wrap around to the North and South, opening up the building to the view and the outdoor environment. The clients  Ronnie and Rhoann are keen cooks and enjoy entertaining so a main focus of the design was a large kitchen, pantry and dining area.  The house is heated via a ground source heat pump and MVHR system along with a wood burning stove.

Area 180sqm    Client: Private