Lochside House by HaysomWardMiller Architects has won RIBA House of the Year 2018.
Lochside House is located in a remote area in the Scottish West Highlands, surrounded by the natural beauty of mountains, woodland and a lake. Designed bespoke for the needs of the owner – a ceramic artist – the house is completely off-grid and engages with the wild landscape; from the roofs that echo the distant mountains to large windows which make the most of the stunning views. It also collects clean water from a borehole. The house also won due to the client-architect relationship which has been described as creating an exceptional house.
Lochside House is formed of three buildings that have been ‘huddled’ within the landscape and surrounded by drystone walls. The burnt Scottish Larch which the buildings are clad in allow the house to blend in with its natural context. From a distance the three huddled building forms look like a series of small outbuildings and the roofing echoes the mountains. Due to the site’s location the house needed to be designed to fit on the back of a small trailer and transported through narrow countryside roads.
Internally the house is of a minimal design that has a warm pallet and feels homely, with the use of oiled timber on the ceilings. The owner is an artist and has integrated her art within the spaces.
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