Inside an 18th century Scottish farmhouse that was transformed into a modern day home powered by the sun

Nathanael Dorent Architecture/Lily Jencks Studio

Scotland is known for its stone farmhouses, some of which date back hundreds of years.

One such structure was recently renovated into a modern, solar-powered home dubbed “Ruin Studio.”

Designed by Nathanael Dorent Architecture, Lily Jencks Studio, and Nous Engineering, the 21st century home completed in late 2016 preserves its original, 18th century aesthetic.

Check it out below.


The 1,940-square-foot home sits in Dumfries, Scotland near the mouth of the River Nith. The new black facade is made from synthetic rubber.

Nathanael Dorent Architecture/Lily Jencks Studio

The stonework carries into the curved, fully insulated interior. The architects used the outline of the original stone walls to design the new structure.

Nathanael Dorent Architecture/Lily Jencks Studio

The interior walls are made from recycled polystyrene blocks covered in glass-reinforced plastic.

Nathanael Dorent Architecture/Lily Jencks Studio

There are no doors between rooms.

Nathanael Dorent Architecture/Lily Jencks Studio

Instead, the living room, bedroom, study, and kitchen connect to form a winding, open space.

Nathanael Dorent Architecture/Lily Jencks Studio

Eight large skylights give the home natural light.

Nathanael Dorent Architecture/Lily Jencks Studio

The design meets passive standards, meaning it’s extremely energy-efficient.

Nathanael Dorent Architecture/Lily Jencks Studio

Solar panels on the roof provide all of its electricity needs.

Nathanael Dorent Architecture/Lily Jencks Studio

Architects from Lily Jencks Studio write that they hope that home embodies “the pleasures of living within history.”

Nathanael Dorent Architecture/Lily Jencks Studio

Source: Lily Jencks Studio

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