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olin Mackinnon and Marta Briongos bought Strathaven Airfield in South Lanarkshire 14 years ago and commuted


from Glasgow every day to run it. As the airfield could be operating pretty much 24/7 from sunrise to sunset, Marta and Colin quickly realised they needed to be closer. “We thought it would be a good idea to move to Strathaven,” says Colin, “then we thought it would be an even better idea to build a house onsite if we could.”


Marta and Colin had already made a few changes and improvements to the airfield since they had purchased it, and as a result felt they already had a good relationship with the planning department. “We talked through what we were thinking, and they were supportive of our plans. However, then we had to decide who we were going to ask to design a house for us.” The couple already had a few ideas of their own in terms of design as Marta had attended art school in Madrid, and Colin had always had a keen interest in art; they now needed someone to turn these ideas into a building. After researching architects from across the globe, they invited Richard Murphy, a world-renowned architect from Edinburgh, to come and see the site.


Asides from being a successful architect,


Richard was also a microlight enthusiast and was keen to visit the airfield and hear Marta and Colin’s ideas as Colin remembers: “The fact that he had this hobby did appeal to us, and when he


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