House 5° 35’ at Craignish

cameronwebsterarchitects, Lochgilphead, 2009

 

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Flat roofed private house built into a rocky outcrop in the grounds of Craignish Castle

The two-storey house, which is surrounded by sycamore and beech trees, is largely hidden from the castle by the rocky outcrop, from which it projects.

The steel framed structure of the house allows the master bedroom to be cantilever over the carport and sheltered entrance to the ground floor. This lower floor contains two guest bedrooms, with eastern views to a small pond and garden, cloakrooms and service accommodation, connected to the living areas above by a staircase, which is matched externally by steps in the rock.

On the first floor the house follows the contours of the site stepping up from the master bedroom via a gallery that runs along the southwest elevation to the kitchen and living room, where glazed doors allow access directly onto the top of the outcrop.

To reduce the house’s energy demand the zinc clad walls are heavily insulated with cellulose insulation, floors are tiled throughout, with oak joinery and full height glazing on the south and west elevations to take advantage of solar gain. Underfloor heating and full mechanical heat recovery system are integrated into the building.

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  • Begun: Jun 2008
  • Completed: Dec 2009
  • Floor area: 230m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £430,000
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works Building Contract (MW) 2005
  • Address: House 5˚ 35', Craignish, Lochgilphead, PA31 8QS, United Kingdom

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