Dubai ruler lodges plans for Inverinate estate house
October 1 2018
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of Dubai, is to build a nine-bedroom extension and staff lodges to his existing estate at Inverinate in Wester Ross.
Plans for the stone clad summer retreat have been drawn up by Colin Armstrong Architects to sit alongside the current estate house and with views out across Loch Duich.
In a statement the architects wrote: “The owners of Inverinate Estate typically travel in large groups of immediate and extended family and friends. In recent years their travel to Inverinate has been limited by lack of accommodation.
“Additional staff accommodation was completed in 2017 to create infrastructure that would support greater use of the estate by the owner and this new application seeks to create residential accommodation for the use of the owners, their family and their guests in order they may enjoy more frequent and extended visits to Inverinate.”
Maktoum is best known for masterminding several Dubai mage projects including the Palm Islands, Burj Al-Arab hotel and Burj Khalifa tower.
To one mysoginistic autocratic despotic lot, a sublimely dull and hackneyed vision of a Victorian highland lodge as if its from a video game.
They deserve one another.
What about the lack of accommodation nearby and across the Highlands for the hundereds of local families who cant find or afford new houses due to the explosion of second and holiday home ownership? Do they get a big, tacky mansion?
Yes, I too just can't Sheikh the feeling that more could be done with this proposal
And there are only showers, not even a single bath to soak in with a g+t after a wet day in the misty hills deerstalking.
Not for me thanks.
The first floor plan clearly derives from the 'Travel Lodge' school of design. The architects will be able to make maximum use of cut & paste for the Warrant drawings..
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