THE BLACK SHED // HIGHLAND
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Skinidin, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye
The Black Shed is a contemporary building that overlooks the small township of Dunvegan in the north west part of the island. Situated in a hillside position, the house has outstanding views of the loch and the surrounding countryside.
Saltire Housing Design Awards 2009 – Commendation
Working with the
Respect the landscape setting
and the traditional building
patterns of the locality
Responding to the
Consider the immediate context
and allow specific site conditions
to influence design
Inspirational ideas for
and innovative design
- The form draws on rural
agricultural sheds with a deep
plan and a low pitched roof enclosing a simple volume. It
aims to characterise
development as more than just white rendered croft houses.
- The agricultural metaphor is apparent in the use of rough spruce board cladding with a corrugated fibre cement roof.
- The aesthetic follows through
to the interior with a polished concrete floor and an exposed structure of simple bolted flitch beams, sawn timber linings
and the avoidance of trims
- Sheep wool insulation creates
a further, albeit internal, connection to the landscape.
- Large sliding shutters enclose
a lobby, and this gradually opens out with the seasons.
- Simple openings frame the moorland landscape.
- A ‘cut-out’ in the plan creates an entrance space and allows the living space to connect to the 270 degree view.
- This small (75m²) house
has been designed as a
prototype for the
development of affordable
houses for the Isle of Skye
- The house is clad with
timber, both internally and externally, and an unusual feature is that it is insulated with sheep’s wool.
This, together with the wood burning stove and under-floor heating, ensures that the house is energy efficient in its heating.
Page updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2012