CRAIGNISH // ARGYLL AND BUTE
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Cameron Webster Architects
This house is built into a rocky outcrop surrounded by trees located in the grounds of Craignish Castle, with a fine view over Loch Beag through a large glazed façade.
GIA Design Award 2010
Saltire Housing Design Award 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 building nestles into the rocky outcrop, sheltering from the south-westerly winds, with the principal rooms off a glazed enfilade commanding a view to Loch Beag.
- The flat roof further allows the house to be hidden in the landscape behind the rocky outcrop, thus reducing its visual impact on the remote rural setting.
- The roof steps up to reflect
the contours of the site. This creates a generous and sunny volume to the kitchen, with a
high ceiling and views to the
east and west.
- The living room steps up to be level with the top of the rock
and incorporates full height glazing to allow panoramic
views and to take advantage
of solar gain.
- The structure is a steel frame
that allows the master bedroom and en suite to cantilever over the front door allowing views to the north and west, as well as a sheltered entrance and car port below.
- The staircase is matched externally by steps in the rock linking the interior to the
- The steel frame is clad in
detailed zinc for a modern
- Glazed doors allow access
from the living area directly
onto the top of the rock.
- Although a gas boiler
proved the most
economical solution, the
design is sustainable as
the walls are heavily
insulated with cellulose insulation, while under-
floor heating, passive solar design and a full
mechanical heat recovery system are integrated into the building making the energy demand very low, even in the winter months.
- A wood burning stove is also provided in the living area and there is provision for solar collectors for hot
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