Mas­ter­piece in a match­less lo­ca­tion


AMILE of so from Perth city cen­tre is a con­tem­po­rary house like no other, on a site to match, off Isla Road, with frontage on the River Tay and breath­tak­ing views across the wa­ter to the North Inch. It was de­signed in 1964 by Mor­ris and Steed­man Ar­chi­tects for the cur­rent own­ers, who have lived there since its com­ple­tion in early 1966. The south wing/guest pav­il­ion was a later ad­di­tion in the 1970s.

Like the ma­jor­ity of Mor­ris and Steed­man’s pri­vate res­i­dences, Mead­ow­land was com­mended by the Civic Trust and was given C-listed sta­tus in 2007 – the list­ing de­scribes the house as ‘a long, sin­gle storey, rec­ti­lin­ear, flat roofed, mod­ern-move­ment house’. The prop­erty is also recorded in the Pevs­ner Ar­chi­tec­tural Guide, Build­ings of Scot­land, Perth & Kin­ross.

This is a home of two parts joined by a re­mark­able 50ft-long glazed cor­ri­dor/gar­den room. The main build­ing has a steel framed core to sup­port the roof over slid­ing doors and a long span of win­dows – the win­dow frames and all ex­ter­nal glazed doors are of ma­hogany, while the in­te­rior floors are Cana­dian maple. In­te­rior high­lights also in­clude ex­posed brick fea­ture walls and cre­ative use of wood pan­elling.

The front hall­way leads into a main room that can be di­vided into three re­cep­tion rooms by way of con­nect­ing slid­ing doors, al­low­ing the choice of one vast open-plan liv­ing/din­ing/li­brary area or two or three sep­a­rate rooms as re­quired.

This space en­joys mag­nif­i­cent views over the gar­den to­wards the river and has a curved ceil­ing, which catches the sun­light through a clerestory win­dow. The hall­way also pro­vides ac­cess to an en suite master be­d­room, two fur­ther bed­rooms, fam­ily bath­room, and off the din­ing area, an at­trac­tive fit­ted kitchen with in­te­grated ap­pli­ances and ad­join­ing util­ity.

Al­most de­fy­ing be­lief, the din­ing area con­nects to an elon­gated (more than 50ft in length) gar­den room with a fully glazed ceil­ing and full-height win­dows stretch­ing along the front, the lat­ter in­cor­po­rat­ing doors to the gar­den.

The gar­den room leads to a sep­a­rate guest pav­il­ion, which houses a triple garage and

The gar­den room, above, stretches to more than 50ft in length

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