This new house commands stunning views over Lunan Bay, the linear plan taking full advantage of the panorama. Constructed in three distinct parts: the centre section has been extruded forward to emphasise the entrance and to create a private courtyard overlooking the bay; the public wing to the south contains the kitchen, dining, living and first floor study within one full height open space; and to the north the private bedroom wing. The plan is shallow, exactly the same depth as the adjacent steading and the steeply pitched roof conceals the second floor, both devices to anchor the house to the landscape.

Externally, the house presents a blank stone wall to the public road, only punctured by the entrance door, with no sign of what is beyond. On entering you are faced with a glass wall and a full view of the bay and the view is a major presence in all rooms.

Stone walls are treated as flat planes at a constant height with corner windows at all junctions maintaining privacy whilst allowing controlled views. By contrast, the Lunan Bay elevation is composed with larch clad panels, full height windows and doors on a strict grid.

Dundee Institute of Architects Awards 2010