Carlowrie Cabins, Edinburgh—


Carlowrie Castle


Carlowrie Estate, Kirkliston



Project Details—

The setting of the 12 cabins is within the mature grounds of the A Listed Carlowrie Castle. The new additions should therefore be of their time and contemporary in style. Contrasting against the historic backdrop but at the same time sympathetically blending with its context of natural materials such as the trees and stone.

The design approach is to create natural looking cabins that blend with the surroundings and sit elegantly within the landscape. This is achieved through the application of natural timber cladding and large panes of reflective fixed glazing.

A sense of connection between the occupant and the landscape should be achieved through the simplicity of the design and focus on the external spaces. The design should be simple and reflective of a traditional basic summer cabin, minimising its impact on the surroundings and floating within the forest.



Architect’s insight—

Having worked on the conversion of the castle from a dwelling into a venue for hire, we were delighted to have the opportunity to assist in the further development of the business by creating these fantastic pod cabins, which will create much needed additional bedroom accommodation for the popular venue.