Erection of a dwellinghouse
Architect / agent
Why this is a good design
Outline Planning Permission was granted in 2000 for the erection of a dwelling on a newly formed 500-acre (200-hectare) farm holding. The site lies above and to the east of the A886 road on the eastern shore of Loch Riddon within the Kyles of Bute National Scenic Area. Reserved matters were approved in 2002.
The dwellinghouse was designed to echo a traditional double fronted farm house with a white render external wall finish, natural slate roof covering and black timber windows. Because of the setting of the building on an open lower hill slope, the scale of the dwelling was of concern. Consequently, the floor level of the dwelling was lowered into the ground. The eaves line was also reduced with the first floor windows being expressed as wallhead dormers, echoing a vernacular idiom.
Landscaping associated with the development was seen as a key factor in assimilating the dwelling into the landscape. Accordingly, native tree planting was carried out between the driveway and the A886 road. Without hiding the building, this planting has assisted in blending the new building into the countryside.
The development represents a successful contemporary interpretation of a traditional Argyll farmhouse which now sits naturally in the landscape. The project was ‘Best Runner Up’ in the Bute and Cowal Area Planning Design Award for buildings completed in 2004.