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This zinc-clad house in the township of Rhue near Ullapool, sits on a wonderful site with south west views to Loch Broom and the Summer Isles.
The house design takes inspiration from the shallow-pitch agricultural sheds that pepper the landscape and achieves a low profile from the main road, a key planning requirement. A split level arrangement creates an "upside down" two storey house with the main living spaces located on the upper level.
External elements including a freestanding wall, carport and woodshed, creates a variety of sheltered sun-trap spaces on this exposed site.
The house is shaped as a parallelogram, creating an external triangular sitting space at the upper level, recalling the prow of the boats that regularly pass by the house.
This low energy house incorporates high specification windows, insulation and a whole house ventilation system. Heat is provided by a wood burning stove, supplemented by solar panels for hot water.
Alan Dickson, Marnie Macdonald, Andrew Tait, Andrew Brown
copyright Nigel Rigden/Elaine Ferguson