18 month traditional contract ·
Auchoish is a remotely situated farm steading surrounded by rough pasture just below the tree-line to the north-east of Lochgilphead. Traditional stone outbuildings, broadly C-shaped in plan, required refurbishment and conversion as further living accommodation. The project was distinguished by three particular factors: very limited budget, very difficult site access and a very small contractor. All had a pervasive influence on the way we designed and built, from the nature of the spaces created through to environmental strategy, materiality and the nature of information exchange on site. Accepted positively we found these constraints on materials, energy and manpower lead to a particularly responsive, and effectively more vernacular, approach to the building – working and thinking closely with the contractor to carefully direct limited local resources. The plan is manipulated to create sequences of rooms and spaces – cellular and open, self-contained and en filade – that offer varied relationships to natural light, courtyard and open fields, exposure and protection. Hot water and space heating are provided by a geothermal heat pump (supplemented by woodburning stove). Electrical power is generated on site by a wind turbine with bi-directional link to the national grid.
GIA Residential Award 2009