Hempcrete house walls up

Our hempcrete house near Dunbar is going up much faster than we expected. In fact, the construction process is quicker than for an equivalent timber-framed house. This is because the...

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Edinburgh Passivhaus

Our client has moved into her new, four-bedroom Passivhaus in central Edinburgh. It was quite a journey, through Covid and escalating material costs, but we got there and the client...

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Space saving design

Originally, the intention was to raise the roof of this modest Georgian home – a converted barn on a steading in Midlothian – to provide more accommodation for a growing...

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The sound of water

Halvorsen Architects are lucky enough to have water features going into two current projects. Last week I visited one that’s going beside a new hempcrete house outside Dunbar. It will be...

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Lakeside house

Halvorsen Architects have just finished an extension to and remodelling of a house in Winchburgh, West Lothian. The core of this house was a 19th-century cottage which has been extended...

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New House interior

New House, Eskbank

client private contract value £280,000 area new build 110 sq. m. A speculative house for a small town-centre site in Eskbank near Edinburgh, this has a simple plan with three...

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New playground, Eskbank, Midlothian

New playground, Eskbank, Midlothian

client Genesis (J&T) Ltd (Trading as Happy Days Nurseries) Happy Days acquired a new nursery in Eskbank, Midlothian, a year ago and asked Halvorsen Architects to design an imaginative and original new playground for...

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Old dairy restoration

45 Main Street is a listed Georgian house in the heart of Gorebridge’s old town. It falls within a conservation area that is part of the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) funded by...

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DNA sculpture, travelling UK

DNA sculpture, travelling UK

Poet Melissa Bailey asked me to collaborate with her on the design an installation that represents DNA and it’s unchecked mutations that can lead to cancer. She wanted a sculpture related to her...

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Wooploft, Scottish Borders

Wooploft, Scottish Borders

As part of the wood workshops I run with Stephanie Walker, Wooploft was one of the most ambitious. Pupils from Tynewater Primary School’s P7 class designed and built the structure...

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House extension, London

House extension, London

The clients wanted a new play room and bedroom extension for their listed Georgian terraced house in Marylebone, central London. The challenge for Halvorsen Architects was to provide reasonable accommodation...

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Green roof, Edinburgh

Green roof, Edinburgh

Green Roof Bicycle Shed client private contract value £20,000 area 6 sq. m. Logistical problems of storing bicycles and recycling bins at the bottom of a steep stepped path up...

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House extension, Essex

House extension, Essex

The clients wanted to make their modern 1970s house and outbuildings less fragmented and open up the interior to the garden. The scheme unifies the various elements with a series...

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House extension, Midlothian

House extension, Midlothian

Halvorsen Architects were asked to replace an existing lean-to extension and remodel the interior of part of a Georgian house in Lasswade, Midlothian. All the internal walls in the area...

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Fern roof, East Lothian

Fern roof, East Lothian

client private contract value £20,000 area 8 sq. m. Shepherd House sits in a spectacular Grade B Listed walled garden that is open to the public. All elements of the...

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Timber barn, Midlothian

Timber barn, Midlothian

The clients wanted a large rural barn/shed in which to store agricultural, gardening and leisure equipment. The building is clad in timber and carefully detailed, which means it is a...

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Gorebridge Beacon, Midlothian

client Gorebridge Community Development Trust architect Lee Boyd engineer David Narro Associates mechanical and electrical engineer Irons Foulner Partnership landscape architects Rankin Fraser contract value £2.7 million I joined the...

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House extension, Edinburgh

House extension, Edinburgh

Greenhill Place, Edinburgh client private engineer CRA Ltd. contract value £90,000 area 58 sq. m. The brief was to replace and enlarge an existing poorly built 1970’s extension to a...

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The New House, Buckinghamshire

The New House, Buckinghamshire

The New House, 1992-94, Amersham, Buckinghamshire client private engineer Whitby and Bird Engineers contract value £375,000 area 380 sq m The client asked for a modern house that would benefit...

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Youde Aviary, Hong Kong

Youde Aviary, Hong Kong

Youde Aviary, Hong Kong 1991 client Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club engineer Ove Arup & Partners landscape architects Wong Tung and Partners contract value £2.05 million area 5,000 sq m...

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