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Denizen Works think big for Loch Awe-inspiring country house

January 22 2018

Denizen Works think big for Loch Awe-inspiring country house
Denizen Works have obtained planning permission for a 650sq/m new build house on an elevated plot overlooking Loch Awe in Dalmally, Argyll, in what is described as am ‘exciting new take’ on the Scottish country house.

The House at Loch Awe is a seven-bedroom family home including large entertainment spaces and a double-height entrance hall with room for an 18ft Christmas tree within a structure which channels everything from brochs and tower houses to Mackintosh.

In a statement the architects wrote: “The house is designed around a central double-height hall enclosed by a protective inhabitable wall containing the primary accommodation. The sensitive west elevation is kept narrow with living and dining spaces having the prime views while the house stretches across the landscape to make the most of the southern sun with the two-storey bedroom wing.”

Landscaping is inspired by the rugged landscapes of castles with a largely exposed wild space with plans to introduce a woodland, a games room to provide shelter from the west coast climate and a bridge to a small lochan on the east of the 104-acre site.

Detailed design work is still underway on the property, which is finished largely in rough harling with small areas of green slate. A start on-site is expected by the end of the year.
A bridge will connect Loch Awe to a nearby Lochan
A bridge will connect Loch Awe to a nearby Lochan
The house has been conceived as a ‘sculped, eroded solid’
The house has been conceived as a ‘sculped, eroded solid’


Just no.
#1 Posted by Just no. on 22 Jan 2018 at 11:28 AM
Looks like a muckle brute of a thing. Confused and lumpen. Must try harder.
boaby wan
#2 Posted by boaby wan on 22 Jan 2018 at 11:52 AM
anyone have a planning reference for this? interested to read the report of handling but doesn't show up in any search for agent
#3 Posted by GlasgowSmilesBetter on 22 Jan 2018 at 12:16 PM
Looks "interesting"
Bill S
#4 Posted by Bill S on 22 Jan 2018 at 12:41 PM
Boaby Wan, it is the first and only result when you use an Advanced Search for Agent on the Argyll and Bute planning portal.

#5 Posted by Glenn on 22 Jan 2018 at 13:41 PM
I would'nt use the word exciting!
boaby wan
#6 Posted by boaby wan on 22 Jan 2018 at 14:22 PM
Cheers Bill S - I had a quick look at that one and saw what is presumably the lower ground/basement plan and thought it was the wrong one!
Report of Handling wasn't really worth reading as there was previous consent on the site
Walt Disney
#7 Posted by Walt Disney on 23 Jan 2018 at 08:55 AM
I think I can see the intent, but it all looks a bit 'Atlantic Wall' c. 1944
#8 Posted by StyleCouncil on 23 Jan 2018 at 10:51 AM
Absolutely love it. Intentionally 'muckle'...
#9 Posted by Pleasantfield on 23 Jan 2018 at 12:40 PM
Tower houses, brochs and Macintosh. Tosh indeed. I dont get any of that whatsoever.
Doubtless in 20 years time the lads/lasses in Edinburgh will have it listed
I doubt the Duke of Rothsay will think much of it.
Ian McLaren
#10 Posted by Ian McLaren on 24 Jan 2018 at 13:16 PM
What is missing is a tasteful, practical pitched
roof .....
#11 Posted by Neil on 24 Jan 2018 at 17:40 PM
I think it will really come down to the quality of the detailing. This has the potential to be really good (not my personal taste but still really good) or awful. Hopefully they'll pull it off well.
#12 Posted by Terra on 3 Feb 2018 at 21:04 PM
I really like it! Bold.
#13 Posted by Tony on 30 Aug 2022 at 09:58 AM
Will leak and look like rubbish in 10 years.

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