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As locations go, there can be few more breathtaking than Observatory Road, Edinburgh, with its panoramic views over Arthur’s Seat, the Royal Observatory and the capital’s skyline.

Perched atop the hill is a striking but sympathetic new-build family residence, constructed in stone, zinc and Russwood’s Siberian Larch timber cladding to settle into the landscape whilst providing a bold, contemporary home.

Designed by Zone Architects and built by John Dennis & Company, the property replaces an old 1930s structure which faced away from the main views and was expensive to heat. The zero-carbon villa is constructed from Cross Laminated Timber, which allows for fast offsite assembly and a low carbon footprint.

The exterior of the house is clad in unfinished Russwood SILA A/B® grade of Siberian Larch, cut and square dressed to 66mm x 27mm and 58mm x 27mm, laid with a deep profiled rib effect providing character and liveliness to the façade. Russwood provided the Siberian Larch as well as offering expert guidance on weathering, lifespan and the correct installation of the fixings.

“Russwood are amongst the leaders in the UK in their knowledge of the use of timber cladding and other products” said David Jamieson of Zone Architects. “They give the architect confidence that a beautiful and low carbon material can be specified for building projects. They are passionate about timber and how it is used and they want to help achieve the best design results – this is unusual for a product supplier in the building industry.”

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