Design Awards 2013
House at Loch Awe
McInnes Gardner Architects
We are very pleased to have won this year’s Herald Property Awards – ‘Best Individual New Build’ for our house at Loch Awe.
The site is south facing on an elevated slope overlooking Loch Awe and onwards to the grandeur of an undisturbed Highland landscape stretching beyond.
The house sits in a shallow valley the angles of which are reflected in the dramatic roofscape. The large glazed living space hangs beneath the soaring roof, landing on a suspended tray that forms the external deck; the main bedroom floor sits beneath this and is partly enclosed in the surrounding hillside.
The open plan interior of the deck level provides space for the kitchen, dining area and lounge allowing the owners to spend the bulk of their day living with the landscape and weather. The master bedroom and ‘snug’ sitting room are located on the same floor but are recessed back to give spaces of retreat and enclosure for quieter and more private living.
Whilst the building is contemporary in design, the materials and colours used in its elevations are intended to offer a degree of camouflage. It is ‘of the land’ minimising its visual disturbance in the landscape by using a more muted and natural palette of colours.
Heating and hot water requirements are met by use of a ground source heat pump in conjunction with an array of photovoltaic solar panels. Heat is conserved through high insulation levels and the integration of a heat recovery ventilation system. The large levels of glazing together with careful roof geometry design and orientation contribute significant solar gain and therefore further increase efficiencies making this a very comfortable home to live in set within a stunningly rugged landscape.