Bespoke Gairloch home to frame Highland landscape
April 27 2020
Highland Council has received plans to build a bespoke home on the footprint of an existing bungalow at Craig Aird, Badachro.
Led by Tinto Architecture with David Narro Associates the detached dwelling would sit in a former fishing village on the shore of the Gairloch in Wester Ross, occupying a natural harbour with expansive water views. Set within secluded woodland the project aims to capitalise on views across the loch while integrating a home working space, working within the current footprint to minimise earthworks and disruption.
Orienting key spaces to the south this approach will maximise solar gain with large vaulted ceilings framing landscape views.
Finished in charred timber cladding and Caithness stone, chosen for their ability to weather naturally, the property follows the local vernacular while providing a contemporary twist of its own with each material defining a specific volume of the home.
Outlining their contextual approach the architects wrote: “Traditionally, buildings have been designed to provide shelter from the often harsh climate and security for the occupants, whilst building groups have relied on structures including walls and landscape features to provide shelter and enclosure. Some of the more recent developments in the Highlands have been unsympathetic to this historical development pattern or building style and are consequently ill-fitting within the context of the Highlands.
“The designs proposals demonstrate a beautiful family home that is unique and of a spatial quality that is generous, striking and adaptable for future use.”
Built into the natural slope of the shoreline a walkway will wrap around the east wing of the house, opening onto a lochside balcony, with additional bedrooms provided on the lower ground floor.
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