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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

HOUSE NO.7 in Isle of Tiree, Scotland by Denizen Works Ltd

 
September 12th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Denizen Works Ltd

We were commissioned in October 2010 to produce a design for a new house on the site of a ruined, B-listed black-house on the Isle of Tiree on the west coast of Scot­land. We developed a concept that comprises two houses, a Living-house and a Guesthouse, linked by a Utility wing. Together the elements combine to create a bold insertion into the landscape while reflecting the character and herit­age of the island.

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

  • Architects: Denizen Works Ltd
  • Project: HOUSE NO.7
  • Location: Heanish, Isle of Tiree, Scotland
  • Photography: David Barbour
  • Structural Engineers: CRA Engineers
  • Project Architect: Murray Kerr
  • Design Team: Murray Kerr, David Anderson, David Thomson, Jon Law
Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

  • Client: Private
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: October 2011
  • Start on site date: January 2012
  • Contract duration: 18 months
  • Gross internal floor area: 170 m2
  • Form of contract and/or procurement: SBC/Q/ SCOT
  • Quantity surveyor: M+B QS
  • Main contractor: John MacKinnon Builders

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

In keeping with the philosophy of Denizen Works, the language of the house was driven by an examination of the local vernacular, materials and building forms with the architecture of the Living-house and Utility taking their lead from the local agricultural buildings combining soft roof forms, chimneys and corrugated cladding.

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Setting off the utilitarian accommodation is the Guesthouse with its deep-set stone walls, black and white palette and black tarred roof resulting in a building that is tied to the landscape and unmistakably of Tiree.

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Tiree is the western most of the Inner Hebrides, accessible from the mainland via ferry services from Oban or by air from Glasgow airport and enjoys more hours of sunlight than any other location in the British Isles. At around 7.8 ha and with a population of around 750, the island is highly fertile providing fantastic grazing land for livestock due to the mineral rich ‘machair’ that covers the land mass.

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Located on the southern coast of the island, House No.7 is accessed by a grass track and enjoys fantastic views of Duin bay to the south and a typical Tiree landward aspect of lightly undulating machair and traditional housing settle­ments.

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Like most places on Tiree, the siting of the house is very exposed, with no natural land mass or vegetation to provide shelter from the wind. The design challenge, given the exposure to the elements, was to create a design that maximises shelter from the wind giving places of shelter on all sides, while allowing sunlight to penetrate and warm the house inside and out while utilising the breeze to aid natural ventilation.

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

The Living-house, containing living/kitchen/dining spaces with master bedroom below, functions as the social heart of the new home. The living space is a half level up from the entrance with the master bedroom sunk into the landscape with views to the sheltered garden. Access to the garden, created by the removal of the sand blow build up around the existing cottage, and the beach is from the southern end of the space.

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

The Guesthouse is constructed in the stone from the origi­nal cottage containing two guest bedrooms, a bathroom and a quiet snug/entertaining room with an open link to the main hall in the utility.

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

The Utility is the functional heart of the building containing laundry facilities along with a wet room in which to clean off the sand from the beach or fish scales from the sea and a studio/lego room for painting and play. This third element, with the feel of a covered outdoor space, seamlessly links the other elements of the house allowing family and guests to interact as they choose.

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

The interior of the house offers a counterpoint to the robust architecture of the exterior, filled with natural light; the fin­ishes are intentionally robust with inspiration for the palette taken from local Tiree architecture. Heating is provided through an air-source heat pump.

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © David Barbour

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

Image Courtesy © Denizen Works Ltd

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