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February 12 2014

French artist believes home on stilts concept has legs
A French visual artist has unveiled a high concept design for a new Highland home, perched several stories up on a pair of stilts.

The Roost House might have seemed ideal for flood afflicted regions in the south of England but Challand has instead cast his eyes further north to the Highlands as a suitably lofty spot for his vision.

Challand faces an uphill struggle selling the proposal to prospective home owners however, as the only means of entry comes via a tortuous climb up a perilous ladder.

Commenting on the design Challand said: “It’s designed like a privileged place, cut of the civilisation contact. Located in a landscape far from the human activity, the house’s high level gives it the independence and appears to float in the air. From an exterior view, the stair access to the house is not visible which strengthens the utopic space notion.

“It looks like a ship in open sea isolated from the world, face to face with the elements and nature. The Roost House as a function compared to the other urban spaces is a space of illusion and tranquility. From the inside, the rising house and the wide open windows give an impression of unreal landscape.”
Challand has adopted a surprisingly traditional pitched roof form for the vertiginous property
Challand has adopted a surprisingly traditional pitched roof form for the vertiginous property
Residents will likely welcome the sight of their bed after hauling themselves up
Residents will likely welcome the sight of their bed after hauling themselves up

7 Comments

Cadmonkey
#1 Posted by Cadmonkey on 12 Feb 2014 at 14:46 PM
I think this demonstrates the value of employing an architect.

"It looks like a ship in open sea isolated from the world, face to face with the elements and nature".

No, it looks like a shed on stilts that will blow down during the first gale down the glen. Ladder access will not be acceptable to Building Control either.
Ian Nairn Jr
#2 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 12 Feb 2014 at 14:56 PM
Sitting next to the A82 in a lifeguards hut focussed on Jimmy Savile's house may be many things, but probably not tranquil.

Why is this on UR?
Patrick Partick 2
#3 Posted by Patrick Partick 2 on 12 Feb 2014 at 20:08 PM
Errrr.......how exactly would you get i to it ?
Partick Bateman
#4 Posted by Partick Bateman on 13 Feb 2014 at 13:56 PM
There is something very odd with the scale of the building in that image...it's huge!
Jimbob Tanktop
#5 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 13 Feb 2014 at 15:44 PM
It's a doocot on stilts. The only attractive thing about those photographs is the view.
Jamie
#6 Posted by Jamie on 13 Feb 2014 at 22:48 PM
Someone has clearly used the wrong scale on their rule...
Auntie Nairn
#7 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 14 Feb 2014 at 13:32 PM
As posted by Cadmonkey, this demonstrates the value of employing an Architect, and why 'artists' should stick to art.

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