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Approval granted for Raasay residence

January 9 2012

Approval granted for Raasay residence
Planning approval has been awarded for the extension of an unprepossessing family home on the Isle of Raasay to form a living space more befitting of the 21st century.

Adopting a low impact design Brighton based a:b:i:r architects have prepared a “low impact design” whilst incorporating open plan living, dining, play and contemplation spaces which maximise extensive views to the south.

Stone walls of the existing house form the heart of the proposals which forms an abstracted ‘L’ shape to provide external shelter from prevailing winds. Clad in Scottish timber (intended should be sourced from Highland Region) the extension will feature a new external stone wall to act as a marker for the entrance and connect with the landscape.

An external overhang will help to reduce solar gain during the summer months and a green roof provides natural insulation.

In their design statement a:b:i:r said the scheme “opens to the garden creating a physical link as well as a visual link to the wider landscape. This spaces also acts as ‘buffer’ between the outside and the more solid interior of the house and imagines a process of ‘retreat’ from wild (landscape, weather) to light protection (extensive views, glazing) to enclosed (heart & hearth).”
A locally sourced feature stone wall will act as a focal point
A locally sourced feature stone wall will act as a focal point
The property as it exists currently
The property as it exists currently


#1 Posted by Alasdair on 9 Jan 2012 at 14:16 PM
Flat roofs in Raasay? I hope the proposal includes a bucket for every room.
Carol Anderson
#2 Posted by Carol Anderson on 28 Nov 2013 at 11:42 AM
Looks great! Can't wait to see the finished job.

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