Private Homes \ House at Strathaven Airfield

Strathaven Airfield is the oldest continually used airstrip in Scotland. It is now a busy and active centre for micro-lighting and the owner has commissioned the practice to design a house for himself and his partner to be situated parallel to the runway. To allow for maximum supervision and minimum invasion of privacy, the main rooms of the house are on the first floor with only a garage and extra bedrooms on the ground floor. The structure is a simple cantilevered steel frame and the proposed roof and wall cladding is mill-finished corrugated aluminium, a material which resonates with local farm cladding and indeed the cladding of the adjacent hangars.

The house also featured on the the television show Grand Designs S13E05 The Metal Sculpture Home.

Architects Richard Murphy, Peter Hunt
Engineers Create Engineering
Quantity Surveyor McLeod & Atken
Construction Cost £400,000
Client Colin Mackinnon and Marta Briongos


2019 RIAS Award
2019 RIBA Award


21 September 2023 The Iconic British House: Modern Architectural Masterworks Since 1900 Thames & Hudson
1 October 2022 21st Century Houses - RIBA Award-Winning Homes RIBA Publishing
July/Aug 2021 Up, Up and Away selfbuilder + homemaker
20/06/2021 Blue Sky Thinking Gives Flight The Daily Record
29 September 2019 House at Strathaven airfield review – a runway success The Guardian
30 May 2019 Briongos MacKinnon House, Strathaven The RIBA Journal
JULY/AUGUST 2019 Flight of Fancy Homes & Interiors Scotland
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