Portree ‘Big Bothy’ to tame wild landscape
February 4 2019
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.