Urban Woodland Home

Set in the formerly landscaped grounds of Invergowrie House in Dundee, this new family home is nestled within mature trees and looks out over the Tay Estuary. Timber and zinc clad reflect the woodland setting and the ever-changing light on the nearby water. The main living spaces are at first floor to take advantage of the long views to the landscape while maintaining the privacy of the neighbours.

Influenced by the history of the neighbouring Invergowrie House, it is a contemporary home that respects its listed neighbour as well as having its own strong identity.

As well as meeting the ‘Low Energy Building’ performance standard from the Passivhaus Institute, it has an eco low impact construction. It has been built using eco friendly wood based insulation and using a timber structure. Hence, it is low embodied energy and is low carbon and low energy in use. Cladding is Scottish larch and recyclable, long lasting zinc. The small energy needs of the house are powered by PV panels and an air source heat pump, further reducing the environmental impact in use.

Find out more here:

Kirsty Maguire Architect team members: Kirsty Maguire, Alice O’Donnell
Engineer: Burnett Consulting Engineers
Services: Luths and Paul Heat Recovery Scotland
Photos by David Barbour.

  • Client:

    Private Client
  • Energy Use:

    Design: Passivhaus - 15kWh/m2.annum space heating. 10W/m2 heat load, 0.6ACH airtightness. Airtightness test: 0.67ACH meaning it meets the Passivhaus Institue 'Low Energy Building' criteria (not certified)
  • Status:

    Completed May 2019
  • Location:

    Dundee, Angus, Scotland
  • Awards:

    2021 'Sustainability Award' Dundee Institute of Architects
  • Publications:

    Grand Designs Magazine Feature, May 2021; The Courier - House and Home, April 2021
  • Categories:

    PassivHaus, New Build, Consultancy

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