Borreraig House on a Scottish island
by Dualchas Architects

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Scottish firm Dualchas Architects used Scottish stone and larch to build this single-storey house on the Isle of Skye (+ slideshow).

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

Named Borreraig House, the part-time residence was designed by Dualchas Architects for a Buddhist, who inherited a plot of land on the largest of Scotland's Inner Hebrides islands.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

"The intention was to create a calm, contemplative space for our client to escape the city and spend time with his friends," said architect Neil Stephen.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

The house is divided into three rectilinear blocks, each with a simple gabled roof. Exterior walls are clad with horizontally arranged larch panels, which sit flush against the edges of the corrugated metal roofs.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

"Materials were chosen which were found in the surrounding landscape - metal from the galvanised gates, larch from the fence posts and stone from walls and fanks," said the architect.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

The first block contains a continuous living space that can be subdivided into a study, kitchen, dining room and lounge, while an adjoining second block accommodates a pair of bedrooms and a utility room.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

A smaller third building sits off to one corner, creating a studio for quiet work and study.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

Oak-faced plywood lines walls and ceilings throughout the house, and Scottish stone was used for the floors.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

Photography is by Andrew Lee.

Read on for more details from Dualchas Architects:


Borreraig House, Glendale, Isle of Skye

This multi-award winning house has been inspired by the vernacular Scottish blackhouse, but abstracted in to modern architecture. The client inherited the croft from his mother, and he wanted to build a home that connected with the landscape and the local heritage.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

It is a house built for a Buddhist in a deeply Presbyterian part of Skye. The religions share a sense of dignity, quiet and respect. The intention was to create a calm, contemplative space for our client to escape the city and spend time with his friends.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

The first decision was to keep the building low to the skyline. This was done by breaking it up in to three separate elements: the living accommodation, the bedrooms wing, and a studio space.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

A natural bowl in the landscape was turned in to a lochan by damming the out-flowing burns - this became the focal point of the views and was intended to increase the sense of tranquillity. Materials were chosen which were found in the surrounding landscape - metal from the galvanised gates, larch from the fence posts and stone from walls and fanks.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

Internally the building has a simple palette of Caithness stone and oak. We took these materials and forms and refined and abstracted them. The larch is used as a rainscreen to give a crisp finish, the Caithness stone has been honed to a smooth surface, the oak panels set out on a 600 grid and the stone walls have been detailed to help create enclosure.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects

The building is heavily insulated with external shutters as a barrier to the worst of the gales, and an air source heat pump to heat the water. The result is a building which not only uses sustainable technology, it sits low and easily in its landscape, inspired by the local materials and culture.

Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects
Floor plan - click for larger image
Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects
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Borreraig House on a Scottish island by Dualchas Architects
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  • wetwetwet

    Very nice house.

    Also Worth noting that the WC off the utility closet cleverly doubles as a shower room.

    • The Fake Robert

      We have the Scottish Technical Standards to thank for that.

  • antonius

    Boring! Two boxes concept. Mmm, very nice… NOT!
    Some wood. No poetry. Architecturally correct. Not interesting at all.

  • KevinK

    I like the clean design, but with no overhanging eaves or gutters how does it shed rain water? Does it just run down the side of the house?

    • Ther y’ar

      There appears to be a hidden gutter at the top of the rainscreen, and presumably the downpipes are concealed behind the timber.

    • Nathan Morton

      Yes. The house has a larch rain screen. The water is supposed to run down the side of the house. The metal roof stops short of the edge of the exterior wall also, where it could be dumping into a concealed gutter, or just down the back of the rain screen.

  • LOW

    Why is it that people have practically disappeared from architectural photography?

    • omnicrom

      People get in the way of the architecture.

      • LOW

        Haha yeah because we don’t build for people right? :P

  • Lee

    A really nice one. Beautiful materials and details, clear concept and fits perfectly in its environment.