Japanese influences inspire architect's Hebridean home from home
August 8 2022
Architect Aiden Junor is set to break ground this November on a private home from home at Bunavoneader on the Isle of Harris.
Currently working for Fern + Birch Junor drew up plans for the remote two-bedroom getaway as a personal project in his spare time after being inspired by Ginkakudo, a Kyoto coffee shop he visited in 2019.
The 105sq/m property draws its dark aesthetic from an ink-dyed concrete and stone black aggregate floor, a fitting match for the dark stone and stormy skies which characterise the site.
In a design statement, Junor wrote: "Sandwiched between a new glulam and turf roofed house to the south and an early “kit house” cottage to the north, there is no immediate vernacular to the area. The proposed house will create a sheltered area for the bedrooms and bathrooms to the east - protecting them from weather coming off Clisham.
"In respecting the wider vernacular and complementing local farm buildings whilst adding a modern element the proposed building features black painted horizontal timber cladding with a flat roof. The only departure from the immediate surrounding architecture is the use of full-height glazing. The choice of black cladding is taken from the colours of Clisham and echos the stormy skies that often surround it along with the dark stone that is visible across the area."
Oriented to take advantage of open aspects across a whaling station at Loch Bun Abhainn-eadar the floor-to-ceiling glazing is set within a deep decked area to afford protection from the prevailing westerly winds.
File under 2001 -- A Space Oddity.
Strange things happen when a black box lands on an unsuspecting landscape.
Interesting but a bit stark and severe.
"The design of various parts of the house were sketched on paper to work out the optimum layout and relationship of spaces. The section shows the idea for the relationship spaces and ceiling heights internally."
The good news is that paper was used and sketching involved; well done. The bad news is that, unfortunately, sketching didn't extend to the section or elevations. The section shows a flat roof. A flat roof, in this location...just let that, like the rain, sink in!!!
The trouble is, the Western Isles must have the highest density of this type of building solution in the whole wide world. Meh.
@5 - roof membrane, yes more than happy to agree that is an option. Although you should have said 'heard about' rather than 'heard of'; you're welcome. The point i was trying to make, and apologies if it wasn't as eloquent as you might have liked, is that a flat roof (even if it's a degree or two, which isn't shown but lets be generous) isn't a particularly appropriate solution, in my opinion, for one of the wettest parts of the UK. That was the discussion part, sorry if that went over your head but i don't think i can put it any simpler.
But bickering about a degree or two really isn't the point...a flat (or almost flat roof) in one of the wettest parts of the UK just isn't the optimal solution.
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