The Merchant House
Park Avenue, Dunfermline
2011

The first of two plots located within, the grade ‘A’ listed Victorian street, Park Avenue in Dunfermline, for which, JAM Architects were asked to produce proposals.  The site itself is defined by a 3m high listed stone wall along the street elevation, with permission granted to create one arched opening for access to Park Avenue. The layout of this new home is designed to reflect the traditional Victorian homes but with a contemporary interpretation. Like most period homes the ground floor is designed with a grand entrance hallway of generous proportions with a centrally located feature staircase and a stained glass window . Internally the home is designed as a homage to the qualities which make period properties so successful, with high ceilings, character features, bay windows, feature fireplaces and full height windows. The dining room is designed to be more contemporary in appearance with a double height space, overlooked on the first floor by a reception area for the master bedroom suite, with a curtain wall façade. Externally the design reflects that of the traditional Victorian villas located on Park Avenue, albeit in a contemporary manner. This is achieved by the intervention of key architectural features such as bay windows, full height windows, stone cills and lintols and by ensuring the form and scale is consistent with the surrounding context. The more contemporary elements of the design are introduced through the detailing and the selection of the building materials, with curtain walling applied in key focal areas and elongated buff stone bricks with recessed mortar joints used as the primary building material.