THE BROCHS OF COIGACH // HIGHLAND
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The Brochs of Coigach are two holiday cottages designed to sit on the hillside of Coigach – a remote peninsula in the sea that separates the Highlands of Scotland and the Western Isles. In significant contrast to the trend for kit housing, these homes blend into their setting, built into the landscape with great care.
RIAS Andrew Doolan Awards Finalist 2011
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 Brochs of Coigach are modern recreations of an
- Brochs are Iron Age roundhouses peculiar to the northwest of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
- The buildings are embedded entirely within dry stone walls
so as to minimise their impact
on the landscape.
- The houses blend in perfectly with the landscape due to the irregular contours of the dry stone walls and turf roofs.
- The turf roof is designed to fit naturally into the escarpment and blend with the
- In the UK, green roofs are
more commonly flat or of very shallow pitch, but their installation on to pitched or undulating roofs is becoming increasingly popular.
- The two houses are timeless
in their appearance but contemporary in their substance.
- Platon Xtra, the system’s
drainage layer, is
manufactured from HDPE, a material that is water
repellent and resistant to chemicals.
- Mestertekk provides the
primary waterproofing layer
to the system. It is loosely
laid and mechanically fixed. When used on refurbishment contracts it can be applied
over the original covering with minimal preparation.
- Mestertekk and Platon Xtra
are quick and easy to install.
Page updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2012