Coorie, Loch Venachar Lodge

Cameron Webster Architects, Stirling, 2021

 

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Sited on the banks of Loch Venachar, Coorie Lodge provides short term holiday accommodation in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. The client sought a compact lodge that took full advantage of the available views and was visually striking.

The form of Coorie Lodge is in part driven by the reuse of an existing foundation and concrete slab that remained on the site following removal of a garage that had stood there. The ground floor makes itself as small as possible and broadly follows the lines of the existing slab, the first floor then twists and contorts to frame the views and provide covered outdoor space. The living spaces are located on the first floor to maximise the views to the water and the landscape beyond while at the same time taking advantage of the volume under roof form and lifting the users into the tree canopy.

The building is constructed using a prefabricated timber kit, which is clad in black stained scots larch sarking boards with a profiled metal roof. An air source heat pump provides the heat and hot water. Materials used throughout are locally available and low cost.

Having been well received by the National Park, the basic premise of Coorie Lodge, namely a small footprint touching the ground, with a large upper floor that can twist and adapt form to suit individual site conditions, offers a lodge typology that can be deployed on other sites.

Data

  • Begun: Apr 2021
  • Completed: Dec 2021
  • Floor area: 75m2
  • Sectors: Sports and leisure, Residential
  • Total cost: £160,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Feb 2021
  • CO2 Emissions: 1,400kg/m2/year
  • Address: Land North West of Carsaig, Aberfoyle, Stirling, FK17 8HP, United Kingdom

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