Design award for art deco building

Pictured is the award winning house designed by Brechin architect Ashleigh Wilson.'Picture by Bob Fraser.
Pictured is the award winning house designed by Brechin architect Ashleigh Wilson.'Picture by Bob Fraser.

A BRECHIN architect picked up an award at the Aberdeenshire Design Awards having designed a unique art deco style house in the Aberdeenshire countryside.

Ashleigh Wilson of A B Roger and Young Architects, designed Wester Waterlair, the four-bedroom home which was commended at the design awards.

Ashleigh, who has been an architect for eight years, said: “I came up with the design by researching the art-deco movement online.

“After discussions with the client over what he wanted and what the budget was, as well as site visits, I came up with the design.

“It was really just a matter of incorporating the main features of an art-deco style house around the brief.

“The house is in a lovely setting up on a hill with great views so I wanted to make the most of that as well.”

The house features a mono pitched roof which is set at five degrees and hidden behind parapet walls, giving a look of a flat roof.

Internally Wester Waterlair boasts an open plan lounge and dining area with a double height entrance hall. A circular entrance tower houses an open planned curved staircase that wraps around the curved wall in the entrance space. Even the garage has an art-deco style frontage.

Sustainable features include a bio-mass boiler with a heat recovery system.

“A lot of people have questioned how we managed to get a house like this in the countryside, but we were simply fortunate that the planning department decided to endorse a house of this nature due to its unique style,” added Ashleigh.

“We are very proud of this building because it is so unique and you don’t get the chance to design buildings like this very often. I may never have the opportunity to do one of these again, so it has been a rare and wonderful opportunity.”

Ashleigh’s design was awarded a commended design award.

Stephen Pirie and Asheligh Wilson took over A B Roger and Young architects in Brechin after Robert Fraser retired in June of last year. The pair were junior partners alongside Robert Fraser for five years prior to that.