[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Ewan Cameron Architects has completed this £295,000 coastal home in Lochaber, Scotland
The 200m² house is built into the rock and provides views across Loch Ailort and towards the Scottish Isles of Eigg and Rhum.
The house has an L-shaped plan which cuts into the hillside providing a sheltered courtyard.
The architect’s view
‘The house was designed with one focus: to provide generous living spaces that maximise the extraordinary views over Loch Ailort to the North; Ross Bein mountain to the east; and, in particular, the fabulous sea views and sunsets to the west with the unmistakeable silhouettes of Eigg and Rhum.
‘The rational plan expresses my Kyoto-influenced design philosophy: architecture as a frame from which to contemplate nature. The majesty of the Atlantic view contrasts with the intimate sheltered space of the courtyard, while the modest form and palette of materials – silvered timber and slat – ensures that the building makes a quiet impact on the natural surroundings of rock and heather.
‘The building is about looking outwards.’
Location Roshven, Lochaber Coast, Highlands, Scotland
Type of project new-build house
Client Keith and Mairi O’Connor
Architect Ewan Cameron Architects
Structural engineers David Narro Associates
Main contractor Leven Homes
Tender date March 2012
Start on site date September 2012
Completion date March 2014
Contract duration 18 months
Gross internal floor area 200m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Scottish Minor Works Contract
Total cost £295,000
Annual predicted CO2 emissions 20.09 kg/m2