Quaba House, Ravelston, Edinburgh
Awarded the ‘Best Architecture, Single Residence in the UK’ prize, and shortlisted for “Best Architecture Single Residence in the World” at the UK Property Awards, this 1400m², 8 bed roomed, luxury home consists of two predominantly independent wings connected by a glazed foyer containing a feature stair, overlooking the wooded surroundings and entrance courtyard. The design takes inspiration from the Clients’ Iraqi and Scottish background and attempts to assimilate these differing cultures in a contemporary manner while echoing traditional influences in materials and form. The house takes advantage of the site’s sloping topography to recess a swimming pool and garage accommodation into the embankment, forming a semi exposed plinth on which the house then sits. Each wing is designed to accommodate the Clients’ extended family, and can be operated either independently or communally as required.