This small wooden house on the Scottish Isle of Skye is lovingly known as hen house. Its design aims to minimise the impact on the surrounding natural environment and to make efficient use of energy and water. The building is raised on small concrete pillars to ensure minimal disturbance to the terrain. Its exterior is covered with locally sourced Scottish larch wood. The shape of the building was designed to suit local weather conditions: The house narrows to the north side and its mono pitched roof leans to the weather side. As a result, its exposure to strong winds is reduced. The fully glazed north side opens out towards the sea, and the living room provides beautiful views onto Loch Bracadale. The house makes optimal use of its 72 square meter living space. The ground floor features an open plan living room with a dining area and kitchenette, as well as a bathroom and a double bedroom. A staircase leads to the sleeping loft with a separate reading corner. A large south-facing window floods the sleeping area and living room below with light.
What to do
Hiking, climbing, fishing, and bird, whale and otter watching.
Why we like this house
A beautifully designed eco-house set against a rugged natural landscape.
Details of the property
Region/Town: UK – United Kingdom, Scotland, Isle of Skye
Name: Hen House
Scenery: Coastal landscape overlooking the Loch Bracadale
Number of guests: 2-4 people
Design: Rural Design Architects, Portree
Awards: Saltire Medal Winner 2010