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House no 7 Tiree Property

Western Isles Home, Scotland: Inner Hebrides Property design by Denizen Works Architects

7 Sep 2014

New House on Tiree

House no 7, Isle of Tiree, Denizen Works

Location: Tiree, the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland

Stephen Lawrence Prize Shortlisted for 2014

Design: Denizen Works, Architects

House no 7, Isle of Tiree
photo from RIBA

This restoration and extension of a ruined, B-listed, Tiree black-house effectively provides two houses within a single curtilage. The extensions follow the spirit of local agricultural buildings in their materials, roof forms and particularly in the use of corrugated cladding.

The tradition of reconstructing Hebridean black-houses with black tarred roofing, rather than their original thatched roofs (held down by stone weighted netting), is sufficiently long established to have become an alternative local vernacular. This approach, allied to the utilitarian agricultural appearance of the extensions, creates an external form that is both contextual and appropriate.

House no 7
photo from RIBA

Set in the southern coat of the island, House no. 7 enjoys views of Duin Bay to the south, set within a typical Tiree undulating machair, punctuated by other traditional housing. Without any natural shelter from the wind, the house hunkers down within its exposed setting. However, the interior is designed to be light, bright, welcoming and cosy, in contrast with the robust forms of the exterior. Extensive use of timber, alongside the exposed natural stone, enhances the perceived warmth of the interior while heating is provided through an air-source heat pump.

House no 7
photo from RIBA

Internal circulation and the connection between the two discreet living spaces is provided by a glass-roofed corridor which again enhances light to the interior, contributing to the dual character of this extraordinary development as a clever play on the traditional in the exterior and a dwelling full of delight within. The quality of this internal space is such that it is difficult to express in words, or indeed, show in photographs, its impact in three dimensions. It is truly inspiring, with the quality of the detailing adding to the sense of pleasure it creates, and indeed inspiring a reassessment of the quality of thought behind the design.

Pictures from RIBA

What is particularly noteworthy about this entry is the quality of the detailing; the way in which materials have been selected and their relationship to each other. This house is notable for the tactile pleasure which is invoked by every simple activity, even just opening a door. It is full of thoughtful playfulness.

Stephen Lawrence Prize Shortlist 2014 information from RIBA

21 Apr 2017

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Inner Hebrides Island Home

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HOUSE NO.7 Isle of Tiree, Scotland by Denizen Works |
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