Rural Design, Scotland, 2009


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East view with house in landscape 

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  • East view with house in landscape    
  • South west view    
  • East view    
  • Interior views looking north-west and west    
  • Interior stair    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • North-south section    
  • Construction    
  • Detailed section through deck    

Small holiday house designed not to disrupt the remote natural landscape, lifted off the ground on small piloti

This private holiday house designed by Rural Design is located in the township of Fiscavaig on the western side of the Isle of Skye.

The decision to lift the building off the ground released the design from convention and allowed it to relate to the wider context - the views to the north and the sun from the south. The form of the house deliberately narrows to the north, reducing its surface area, and leans into the weather.

The entrance bridge lifts the visitor from the landscape and immediately upon entering one is connected with the view through the fully-glazed elevation to the north. The other windows are secondary and draw light into the two storey volume.

Simple timber construction reinforces the character of the house as a visitor in the ancient landscape.


  • Begun: Jul 2007
  • Completed: 2009
  • Floor area: 70m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £123,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Address: Fiscavaig, Portnalong, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV47 8SN, United Kingdom

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