Here the modern family house rises from the ruins of the 18th century.
Every year, good examples of innovative architecture emerge.
It may be urban architectural beads or buildings in a more rural environment.
On the Isle of Coll northwest of Scotland, with a population of approximately 200 people, we find this example.
A modern five-room house built into an ancient ruin.
The house was abandoned
The house that once was among the most magnificent on the island was abandoned in the mid 19th century when huge cracks began to appear in the structure.
Today, the ruins have been taken care of and transformed into innovative British architecture.
– The house is protected, but as a C category. It’s the lowest category of importance so we were able to make significant openings in the walls as we wanted, “says architect Tamsin Cunningham in WTArchitecture to click. no.
Nominated for Architecture Award
Cunningham is responsible architect of the project that was completed last June. The property was recently awarded a prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA),
The house is therefore qualified as one of 17 houses, which can get the so-called Manser Medal. It is a prize awarded to the best new house in Europe by a British architect.
The winner will be announced in September.
Renewal with respect for the old
The design of the building had to be approved, says Cunningham, but the planers who processed the applications were supportive. They would rather see this than further decay.
– In terms of solutions for working with historic buildings, we always try to have a respectful attitude towards the original structure, “said Cunningham.
In this case, the goal was to preserve the good atmosphere while creating a modern home.
– It’s important for us to build buildings in such a way that the original house can still be read and understood, she adds.
The owners of the house are married couple Alex and Seonaid Maclean-Bristol who have three children. They have been landowners for generations on the Isle of Cole.
The property cost about 6.3 million Norwegian kroner, with a further 450-frame limit. 000 kroner to demolish the ruins.
After 18 months of construction, the house was completed.
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