Black House

Rural Design, Isle of Skye, 2014

 

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A house in rural architecture

The rural vernacular is often associated with the picturesque. The truth is found within buildings that are low cost, often self built structures that exhibit a pragmatic response to climate.

The Black House at Fiscavaig on the Isle of Skye afforded an opportunity to explore an authentic vernacular appropriate to the 21st century.

The clients requirements were for a house of around 140m2, the living spaces had to engage with the views, yet the overall priority was self-buildability and low cost.

A simple object comprising only five sides, the utilitarian aesthetic identifies firmly with an agricultural vernacular and minimises risk in the face of the frequent Atlantic storms.

Truly a 'Black House', not only by colour but by spirit. It draws parallels to the can-do attitude of the original occupants of 'blackhouses', heroically self-built using basic materials and skills to create a shelter for the family.

Data

  • Begun: Apr 2012
  • Completed: Feb 2014
  • Floor area: 140m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £120,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Jan 2012
  • Procurement: none - self build
  • Address: Black House, Half of 15 Fiscavaig, Isle of Skye, IV47 8SN, United Kingdom

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