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Lyall Manor

 What does Lyall mean and why was it selected? In Scottish, Lyall is derived from the old Norse word “Liulfr”, which means “Wolf”. The branding for this building was based off of this concept.

This project was largely based on current historical buildings in Scotland. Historic materials, architectural forms, and layout heavily influenced the design. 

The massive 12/12 pitch cantilever on the front inspiration was taken from traditional Scottish Manor houses, along with the rusticated stonework that grounds the building. 

The staggering effect that is so prominent throughout the design was designed to give the occupants the best views of the area. Large windows in the rooms and in the common living spaces give views of the ocean and of the legendary 16th century Dunnottar Castle. 

Lyall Manor resides on the south side of Old Hall Bay on a cliff, while Dunnottar rests on the other side of the bay. The only thing separating the two buildings are wind and sea.


The custom fireplace design features rusticated stone along with gold metal that slices through the texture. Another opening is carved out for a wood holder built in to the fireplace.

The reception desk features rough stone, but is inviting and familiar. The acrylic ADA counter floats in the middle, allowing you to see through to the fireplace while complying with code.

The menswear pattern on the main wall was selected because of the similarity of traditional Scottish tartans.

Stag heads are a commonplace item featured in historic Scottish manors, and are often seen above fireplaces.

A dark, heavy timber ceiling complemented by the stone parquet floor is also a staple in traditional Scottish design.


The custom staircase is the statement piece of the design. The stone slabs seem to float due to the built-in LED’s that illuminate beneath the stairs. The interlocking pattern of the stair treads and the risers helps them to feel sturdy and connected.

Traditional tartan fabrics give a familiar and cozy feeling to the space while hailing the traditional roots of Scotland.

Custom pendant lights gently fill up the space and draw the eye upward to the stunning walnut ceiling. They give a sense of playfulness and airiness to the space, while helping to fill the negative space between the first and second floor.

Antlers – Gray from Lee Jofa adds a subtle and playful interest to the back wall of the space while remaining neutral. This pattern also refers back to the Stag, one of the most prominent animals in Scotland.


The living room features tile parquet floors, a massive stone fireplace framed by heavy timbers, along with interesting furniture and stellar views of Dunnottar Castle. Of the whole project, this living space has the best views of the 16th century castle. Attached to the living room is a bar, specializing in Scottish ales and whiskey. Black marble is the statement piece of the moody bar, which separates it from the rest of the space because of the high contrast. The dark helps anchor the space and adds some stability. Behind the bar is the manor’s library, which accesses the level above through a spiral staircase in the back corner, revealing more library space. The library space also features two lounges.


The bedroom features a built-in window seat and a kitchen complete with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. The fireplace is made from charred wood. Nevis – Red Green fabric from Kravet makes up the headboard of the bed.

The Kohler Veil tub is the statement piece of the bathroom and complements the custom vanity design. Soft and neutral tones of the brick help keep in the warmth of the room.

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First Floor Plan Second Floor Plan