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rural design Architects Skye

Scottish Architecture Practice – Dunvegan Architects Office, Scotland, United Kingdom

post updated 29 August 2023

rural design Contact Details

rural design
5 Lochside
Isle of Skye
IV55 8WA
Scotland, UK

tel. +44 01470 521555
fax. +44 01470 521551


rural design News

Best Architectural Practices in Scotland – Rural Design
16 Jan 2013 – The Skye based business saw off competition from much bigger outfits in the central belt to take the crown after winning plaudits for a succession of increasingly innovative housing developments, culminating in Kendram House, which are serving to turn local opinion away from the blight of kit homes which have spread across much of the Highlands.
Rural Design award – more info at Glasgow Building News

rural design – About us

Rural Design is a practice of award-winning architects based on the Isle of Skye, working throughout the Highlands of Scotland.

rural design Architects Skye
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Our portfolio of work emphasises the diversity of design skills we can offer, from new build and furniture design to landscape and masterplanning. We consciously avoid a prescriptive style, with each project being based upon a rigorous analysis of the clients requirements, the site and the landscape context. Our work is characterised by a crisp and contemporary approach; however it is always grounded by an understanding of history and a respect for the environment.

Architectural Experience

A key element of our approach is sustainable and innovative design.
Our collective knowledge, skills and experience, accumulated over years of practice, allow us to continuously seek improvements in the design and services we offer and to seek innovative design solutions in line with our clients expectations. Rural Design combines the best qualities of a small innovative practice with the experience, depth and knowledge of a large office, enabling it to undertake advanced and complex projects.

We approach each project with the same guiding view, a unique proposition that requires a unique solution.

rural design Awards

Saltire Award 2008

Inverness Architectural Awards 2008

Architectural Projects

Black Shed, 2 Skinidin, Isle of Skye, Western Isles, Scotland
Black Shed Skinidin, new Skye property
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Black Shed Skinidin
The Black Shed is predicated on a desire to characterise development in the Northwest Coast of Scotland as more than white cottages, and indeed turn attention to the history of agricultural buildings, that are as valuable a precedent as the picture postcard image. The black shed draws deliberately on the agricultural shed as a prototypical form.

Wooden House, Milovaig, Isle of Skye, Western Isles, Scotland

The Wooden House Skye home
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Wooden House
The internal planning is arranged to maximise the potential of the location; the corner window opens up views across the Little Minch to the Uists and Harris. The house is clad in coated norway spruce with corrugated sheeting on the roof. The open plan interior is characterised by the expression of the internal post and beam timber structure.

Burnside Plockton, northwest Scotland

Burnside Plockton
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In our proposals for an awkward site at Burnside in Plockton, we have explored a new typology for rural housing. The use of two different housing forms – the terrace and the barn – create a form reminiscent of historical rural patterns. A mix of materials, stone, harl, timber, slate and corrugated sheeting further explore the variety of form and commonly found in a highland setting.

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Alan Dickson, Gill Smith, Marnie Macdonald

Coming soon from this Isle of Skye Architects Office

Camustianavaig House, near Portree, Western Isles, Scotland
Camustianavaig House Isle of Skye property
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Camustianavaig House

Location: 5 Lochside, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8WA, Scotland, UK

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