The White House

WTArchitecture, Argyll, 2010


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  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Section B-B    
  • Section D-D    
  • North elevation    
  • East elevation    
  • West elevation    
  • Perspective drawing - view from south    
  • Roof and wall detail    
  • Study room detail    
  • Roof, wall and floor detail    
  • Wall detail    
  • Wall detail    

Family house on the Hebridean Isle of Coll partially occupying the ruins of an eighteenth century building built by Maclean of Coll

The new house comprises five bedrooms, a study, open plan kitchen/living/dining, utility room and wet entrance space. The house is visually separate but physically connected to the ruin.

The open glass-walled living spaces with a simple sedum-covered roof link old and new structures and spill out into the landscape, heightening the experience of being close to the dramatic bay, and living in and against the atmospheric ruins of the White House.

The original eighteenth century entrance was restored and now leads to a three-storey high entrance hall within the more stable section of the ruin while the other end of the ruin remains a roofless courtyard. The crack in the south gable is stitched together with stainless steel ties and steel frames within window and fireplace openings.

To the west the bulk of accommodation shelters behind a dry-stone wall incorporating stone down-takings from the ruin. Remaining walls are in black-stained Scottish larch, with punctuation of whitewashed masonry bookends.


  • Begun: May 2009
  • Completed: Jul 2010
  • Floor area: 267m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £800,000
  • Procurement: SBC 2005 with Quantities
  • CO2 Emissions: 25.44kg/m2/year
  • Address: The White House, Grishipol, Isle of Coll, Argyll, PA78 6TE, United Kingdom

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