RIBA House of the Year

It truly doesn’t surprise me that a house in the Scottish Highlands has been awarded RIBA house of the year. I might be slightly biased, as I come from Scotland, however I think that it is a very inspiring part of the world and I feel that the space compliments the surroundings perfectly.

Designers should think of the context to which their building / space immersed in… as well as the people who are going to inhabit it.

Designing a building that seemingly blends into the landscape, not detracting from the view externally and internally. The locally sourced cladding is the perfect choice, which will look better with age.

I love the mix of textures between the charred larch wood cladding and the dry stone walls. It feels very natural & organic. Almost like the building has grown from the forest floor, its rooted in its surroundings, which to me is crucial for any rural build.
Internally although the space is very stripped back and neutral, it allows the stunning views to stand out, like artwork on the walls… ever changing.

I would certainly like to have seen it a little cosier with deep moodier greys and bolder richer use of colours to evoke the wildness of the Scottish weather.

But that is a personal preference i.e. if it was for myself.


The RIBA president Ben Derbyshire described the house as ‘ The perfect addition to this dream landscape’

I totally agree.
I could certainly live here! It’s my idea of heaven! Pure bliss.

Architect : HaysomWardMiller Architects
Contractor: Spey Building and Joinery
Structural Engineer: Peter Brett Associates
Quantity Surveyor: Torrance Partnership
Photography by Richard Fraser


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