Our recent development with Glencairn Properties, Liberton Barns is completed, with the first occupiers taking up residency!
The innovative four-bedroom, two storey townhouse properties are located on a unique site in Liberton, Edinburgh. The site used to house a derelict agricultural shed that sat within a collection of previously converted steading buildings. Over-looking open fields towards the Royal Observatory and Liberton Tower, Liberton Barns mimics the old agricultural shed in terms of massing, form and materials to provide three open-plan contemporary townhouses.
The rubble stone wall which wrapped two sides of the derelict shed was key in defining the new buildings floor plate and site edge. The original stone has been re-used and incorporated into the design of the development, adding a key visual feature to the design. Although, what is really unique about our design is the slatted timber cladding that encases the building. It wraps both solid and voids, with the spacing of the cladding-over the windows and openings allows glimpses of light and movement to reveal subtle hints of what is concealed within. The timber will ‘silver’ over time, again adding to the rural feel of the townhouses.
The internal design of the townhouses is highly contemporary and innovative focused around a central fully glazed external void courtyard, which cuts through the roof and down through both floors of the properties. Natural light and ventilation permeate the core of the building. Bringing an abundance of natural light into the townhouses was crucial to the success of the design to these narrow floor plates.
On entering the building at ground level, there is a covered entrance hallway, which leads past the glazed internal courtyard to the staircase, which takes you up to the first floor open plan living area above. Two double bedrooms open onto the courtyard at ground floor with a further two bedrooms located to the rear of the property. There is also a smaller private bedroom courtyard with framed views through the stone wall across the fields to the West.
The first floor showcases the open plan living and dining areas expansive views. The impressive vaulted ceilings lead to a large external partially covered terrace with a frameless glass balustrade. The opening in the partially covered terrace captures the sun during the day whilst also allowing for a sheltered area to dine in the evening. The terrace enjoys the views over the field towards the setting sun.
We’re extremely proud of this development with Glencairn Properties – it’s been a labour of love. The new occupants are in for a treat with the low-level evening sun and how it will dance over the development, it’s spectacular.