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Split personality Mallaig home recognised by Dundee architects

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November 26 2014

Split personality Mallaig home recognised by Dundee architects
A home on stilts at Morar Sands, near Mallaig, has been recognised by the Dundee Institute of Architects as the best building designed by a local architect to be delivered outwith the region.

Designed by Colin Andrew Smith Architect (CASA) Askivil is conceived as two distinct volumes, one stilted in order to ‘float’ over a machair and an adjoining element which has been cut into the ground.

Both portions sit beneath a diverging curved roof with rooms oriented to maximise views across the landscape.

In a statement CASA said: “Askivil inhabits a difficult but stunning site. The house responds to its setting with two distinct architectural volumes, one stilted, floating over the machair to the south and one cut into the ground to the north, each with a diverging curved roof. The higher southern section of the building is where the public rooms and master bedroom are located allowing equal views to the sea towards the west as to the mountains in the east.”
A machair landscape extends to the south
A machair landscape extends to the south
Stepping up in height over two levels the property straddles a steeply sloping site
Stepping up in height over two levels the property straddles a steeply sloping site

The timber and zinc clad home is low slung within the landscape
The timber and zinc clad home is low slung within the landscape

5 Comments

boaby wan
#1 Posted by boaby wan on 26 Nov 2014 at 12:46 PM
Any further info on this one UR, more pics/drawings etc?
Wouldn't like to judge this on first impressions!
Partick Bateman
#2 Posted by Partick Bateman on 26 Nov 2014 at 13:33 PM
Does the lower level look out onto that retaining wall? Looks a bit oppressive if so.

BTW - This is right next door http://www.urbanrealm.com/news/4710/RAW_showcase_Highland_hideaway.html
Peter Gunning
#3 Posted by Peter Gunning on 28 Nov 2014 at 11:46 AM
That would be mad, looking out onto a biomass hopper and retaining wall? I'm quite sure it opens up the opposite way to the view.

I really like this one, looks like a very efficient solution by not trying to 'build in' to the hill.
boaby wan
#4 Posted by boaby wan on 28 Nov 2014 at 15:34 PM
now the other pics are up… I have to say my first impression was pretty accurate
Ian Nairn Jr
#5 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 28 Nov 2014 at 18:58 PM
I agree - the flimsy treehouse feel and lack of solidity coupled with the shadowy external storage voids of the design result in an insubstantial and cheap appearance (though if it was a cheap build, then fair play). Also, I know ski-slope roofs are CASA's default setting, but is it really Morar Sands?

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