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January 17 2014

Rural Design complete zinc-clad Rhue home
Skye based Rural Design have completed their latest family home in the Highlands, a zinc-clad house in Rhue, Ullapool, which enjoys open views to Loch Broom and the Summer Isles.

Inspired by the low-pitch agricultural sheds common to the area the scheme adopts a low profile as seen from the road but opens up to a two storey façade on the loch facing aspect. This approach, dictated by planners, sees an ‘upside down’ internal arrangement adopted with main living spaces situated on the upper level.

A number of external elements, namely a wall, garage and woodshed, have been strategically positioned to provide sheltered sun-traps for the exposed site whilst a whole house ventilation system, solar panels, insulation and high specification windows contribute to low energy performance.

Commenting on the scheme Rural director Alan Dickson said: “The plan of the house is a parallelogram, which arrived quite naturally during the design process. This shape allowed multiple spaces to get a view of the sea, and also allows the first floor terrace to be sheltered by the overhanging cantilevered roof.

“It also creates an interesting "prow" shape directed towards the lighthouse, the summer isles and the sunsets beyond.  We liked to call that the" Titanic moment" as we worked on the design.”
An 'upside down' accommodation arrangement maximises the benefit of spectacular views
An 'upside down' accommodation arrangement maximises the benefit of spectacular views
Internal spaces are clean and fresh, directing attention to the framed views
Internal spaces are clean and fresh, directing attention to the framed views

The low-slung home takes its cue from a distinctive agricultural sheds common to the area
The low-slung home takes its cue from a distinctive agricultural sheds common to the area
The parallelogram form is likened to the whole building twisting to enrace the view
The parallelogram form is likened to the whole building twisting to enrace the view

3 Comments

Art Vandelay
#1 Posted by Art Vandelay on 17 Jan 2014 at 11:00 AM
Rather stunning, as per!
Partick Bateman
#2 Posted by Partick Bateman on 17 Jan 2014 at 13:39 PM
Lovely..how i wish i could live there!
Ian Nairn Jr
#3 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 17 Jan 2014 at 16:49 PM
Great location indeed. I'm normally a big RD fan but this one is a bit random and home-made looking. Zinc can be a tricky material.

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