Ladies Lake

Ladies Lake

Large cliff top house with panoramic sea views situated adjacent to St Andrews Castle.

  • Size/Scale 600m²
  • Location St Andrews
  • Client Private
  • Completion 2016

Ladies Lake

This stunning property has replaced an existing dwelling dating back to 1968. Reflecting the original house we have designed the house using the site topography which minimises its impact to the exterior of the site. The ridge of the new building does not extend above the line of the existing building and hence will not have a greater impact than the original. Although the house is three storey, where possible we have presented a single storey to the south side to minimise the impact of the massing.

The materials palette includes frameless glass, sandstone external and internal panelling, iroko timber and bronze cladding.

The design concept is to, where possible, maximise the aspect to the sea in as many rooms as possible. The public face has been presented in a more sober manner with minimal openings which allows a transition from exterior to interior, which then reveals the sea views. The glazed balcony to the west cantilevers out over the cliff below.

The basis of the structure of the existing garden has been retained, using the existing boundary walls and driveway as a focus for a new planting scheme. The opportunity has been taken to increase planting in the garden, moving away from the current annuals focus to attract a greater diversity of wildlife and introduce more native species. The clients are keen bird and wildlife watchers and will develop the garden over time to bring greater diversity of birds and insects to the garden. The garden master plan has been developed by Rankin Fraser Landscape Architects.

Key Features

  • Sea views
  • Frameless glass
  • Feature staircase
  • Bronze & sandstone cladding