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February 4 2019

Portree ‘Big Bothy’ to tame wild landscape

Highland Council has given their backing to a four-star boutique hotel on the site of a former golf course at Portree on the Isle of Skye.

Centred on The Big Bothy, a 450sq/m reception, restaurant, lounge and whisky room, the hotel takes the form of scattered cabins arranged across the landscape in three small clusters.

Finished in dry-stone cladding, glass, bronze and wild grass lifted from the landscape the structures are conceived as being rooted within the wild landscape, with timber-clad arched steel ribs creating a more civilised setting inside.

In a statement project architects West Port & Company wrote: “This project is a dream commission for our young studio, especially given our familial and alumni ties to Scotland. As for ourselves, our story began in 2016 when we were set up by our 3 founding directors, Colin Cheng, Khalifa Abubakar and Shaun Ihejetoh.

“Having met as architectural undergraduates at the University of Edinburgh, our directors, though varied in background and experiences, share a long personal history. Now with over two years in business together, we are growing practice working on a variety of projects and competitions, which include co-living, contemporary retirement homes, small residential schemes and several interior/renovation projects around the UK.”

A sauna and outdoor pool complete the facilities offered by the hotel.
 

27 'glamping' pods will be included in the development
27 'glamping' pods will be included in the development
Chimneys form a glazed courtyard that break the buildings mass in two
Chimneys form a glazed courtyard that break the buildings mass in two

Guests will enjoy panoramic views of the island
Guests will enjoy panoramic views of the island
The high-end tourist destination will tame the wild landscape
The high-end tourist destination will tame the wild landscape

The restaurant will make the most of expansive landscape views
The restaurant will make the most of expansive landscape views

9 Comments

Bored
#1 Posted by Bored on 4 Feb 2019 at 10:55 AM
So many accomplished or young Scottish architects to chose from yet a London practice comes up north and produces this...
Sue Pearman
#2 Posted by Sue Pearman on 4 Feb 2019 at 11:47 AM
The big bothy?...because naming a hotel the same as free to stay mountain huts ...a great idea for costly accommodation ...not confusing at all.
I'm looking forward to having a wee dip in that pool with 16billion midges...
Dirk Benedict
#3 Posted by Dirk Benedict on 4 Feb 2019 at 12:39 PM
-500pts for naming it the 'Whiskey Room' too.

On Skye of all places.
Donnie
#4 Posted by Donnie on 4 Feb 2019 at 14:44 PM
@ #2 The word bothy doesn't come from mountain huts walkers use for free... they are small houses in rural locations for farm workers, e.g. shepherds.
FitzHat
#5 Posted by FitzHat on 4 Feb 2019 at 15:21 PM
Presumably they'll only serve bourbon in the "Whiskey Room".
Walt Disney
#6 Posted by Walt Disney on 5 Feb 2019 at 16:53 PM
#1 This is a local shop for local people...
Inahuf
#7 Posted by Inahuf on 5 Feb 2019 at 20:10 PM
#1, so should Scottish firms then be barred from working in England on the basis there’s good designers down there???
boaby wan
#8 Posted by boaby wan on 6 Feb 2019 at 09:28 AM
Nice set of images - not sure how realistic or practical they are but it's good to see something a bit different from the rural design/dualchas aesthetic.
On the procurement front, I'd be interested, out of pure curiosity, to know how a relatively unknown/new london firm managed to get a job on Skye with a skye based applicant (or I wonder if that address is a holiday home of a london based client) but it's only because I'm nosey rather than xenophobic.
StyleCouncil
#9 Posted by StyleCouncil on 6 Feb 2019 at 17:28 PM
Mmm, total dogs breakfast. An odd collection of ill fitting forms, materials and clumsy details...with a sprinkle of cliche and dusky light from the rendering machine.

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