Cuddymoss house designed "to sit in harmony" with ruin in Scotland

This video produced by Stephenson& spotlights a rural house by Glaswegian practice Ann Nisbet Studio, which is shortlisted for this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

It is the third short film published this month by Dezeen with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and Stephenson& to spotlight the award’s four-strong shortlist for 2023.

In the video, the house named Cuddymoss can be seen within its context, adjoined by a former stone ruin and animated by changing shadows over the course of the day.

Interior of Cuddymoss by Ann Nisbet Studio
Cuddymoss is shortlisted for this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award

Over the top of the footage, Ann Nisbet Studio’s founder describes the ambition for the home, which was primarily to preserve as much of the 200-year-old ruin as possible.

“It was important that we retained as much of the ruin as possible and that we didn’t try and put it back to kind of romanticised version of what you might assume it would have been 200 years ago,” Ann Nisbet said.

“And any extension or alteration or intervention that we did, we wanted it to sit in harmony with the ruin, we didn’t want either part to be more important than the other.”

The 2023 winner of the Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award will be announced on 30 November and receive a cash prize of £10,000.

Alongside Cuddymoss, another house vying to win the prize overlooks a loch and was designed by Denizen Works to resemble an object “eroded by the weather”.

The other two projects on the four-strong shortlist are university buildings – one is Campus Central at the University of Stirling and the other is Laidlaw Music Centre at the University of St Andrews.

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