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Raw wins go-ahead for rural gem

Emerging London-based practice Raw Architecture Workshop has won planning for this 150m2 home on an ‘exposed, steeply sloping’ site at Camusdarach Sands, Morar, Scotland

Built from prefabricated, black-stained timber, the ‘upside-down house’ has been drawn up for a deep-sea diver and a local primary head teacher.

According to the practice, which was set up in 2010 by former Foster + Partners’ starlet Graeme Laughlan, the scheme is designed so that the ‘key spaces capture the sunset views’ over the neighbouring islands of Eigg, Rum and Skye.

Work is expected to start on site in mid 2012 and to complete in early 2013.

The architect’s view

The proposal is a part-subterranean, upside-down house that climbs the hill, with living space on the top floor, sleeping on mid-floor, and main entrance, boot room and further accommodation on the lower level.

The scheme responds strongly to the immediate topography, prevailing wind and sunpath, and will be clad in black stained timber in reference to the dark colours of the surrounding landscape.

Timber will be from Highland Forestry Commission sustainably managed sources. Planting of a temporary landscape has already commenced and will be relocated to surround the building upon completion.

We are exploring prefabricated timber panel construction to minimise the on-site exposure and programme, which will also provide very high levels of insulation and airtightness.

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