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Ostro Passivhaus, Kippen

Home dispels the myth that exquisite contemporary architecture cannot be truly low energy or environmentally beneficial

Paper Igloo.
Paper Igloo. Credit: David Barbour

Paper Igloo for Mhairi Grant and Martin McCrae
Contract value: £250,000
GIA: 188m2
Cost per m2:  £1,330

Ostro is a contemporary and exemplary low-energy dwelling, and dispels the myth that exquisite contemporary architecture cannot be truly low energy or environmentally beneficial. This was a labour of love: Paper Igloo’s Mhairi Grant and Martin McCrae built the house by hand over several years on a modest budget. Nothing is unnecessary or superfluous and all parts meaningfully contribute to the story of the building, and its beauty and durability in the face of the climate crisis.

  • Paper Igloo.
    Paper Igloo. Credit: David Barbour
  • Paper Igloo.
    Paper Igloo. Credit: David Barbour
  • Paper Igloo.
    Paper Igloo. Credit: David Barbour
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