The combination of a beautiful sloping site on the west Sutherland
coast and a sculptor client with an appreciation for the qualities of solid
natural materials offered the opportunity for the design of an
exceptional house. Specifically it offered a long-awaited opportunity to
construct a house in cross laminated timber (CLT), the culmination of
some five years involvement in promoting and researching “massive
timber” systems in Scotland.
The site looks out to Handa Island, Foinaven and Arkle so that the
entry “box” faces south with the most spectacular views on the north
east corner. These views are optimized by a mezzanine section to the
living space with a fully glazed corner that leads directly out onto a
small balcony. The house is long and thin, just one room wide so that
each room has two or three aspects.