Set within the beautiful and historic East Shore harbour area of Anstruther, East Neuk Dental Practice suffered from a lack of space and light, a consequence of its history as a typical Scottish fishing village home. By extending the existing building to the rear the design maximises the available area to make careful use of the tight courtyard, creating a bright welcoming space within a dense urban fabric.

Sensitive references to the heritage of the surrounding buildings’ vernacular – in particular the neighbouring Fisheries Museum – are achieved both through the use of warm timbers, and by the careful integration with the existing site geometries. At the same time, complimentary modern elements have been introduced in the form of frameless glazing and steel, effectively realising a comfortable and inviting environment for patrons.

A new reception and waiting area with faceted glass façade provides open and welcoming space finished in rich pastel peach and complimented with oak flooring and white surface materials. The division between the original surgery and new extension is accentuated by a glazed corridor offering glimpses of Anstruther’s vennels as well as providing a source of natural light to the deepest part of the building plan and reception.

The project was recognised at the DIA awards, winning the Best Small Project award.