Tigh Port na Long / Dualchas Architects

  • 13 Jun 2013
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© Andre Lee

Architects: Dualchas Architects
Location: Isle of Skye, Scotland
Main Contractor: Neil MacKay & Co.
Area: 200 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Andre Lee, Courtesy of

© Andre Lee

The Clients had been visiting Skye with their dogs for many years. They love the landscape and positively enjoy the unpredictable weather and choose to eat outdoors in all seasons. They brought to us photographs of their main home which is simple and minimal, a CD of their favourite music and the encouragement to do something different.

© Andre Lee

The site is at the end of the road at Aird of Sleat, Skye, on the Scottish West Coast. It has shore access and extraordinary views back to Knoydart, Morar, Ardnamurchan and down the coast to the island of Eigg. There are views on 3 sides and it was decided to tuck the bedrooms behind the main living spaces to enable us to create a terrace from the kitchen for the morning light, a terrace from the dining space for the afternoon light and a terrace off the main bedroom for the evening light.

© Andre Lee

The design developed into 2 distinct forms with a stepped foundation to give additional height to the main living space and to allow views across the dining space from the kitchen to Eigg beyond the fireplace. This step in the foundation corresponded precisely to the slope in the landscape. The link between the 2 forms houses a utility room and shower room.

© Andre Lee

The proportions, massing and siting of this house are derived from traditional forms; narrow in span and tight to the ground. It is clad in a skin of narrow larch cladding walls and roof. It is hidden from view from the rest of the township and sits quietly in its place on the edge of its world. Despite its obvious abstraction from the local vernacular it remains a house rooted in its place and a direct response to both site and brief.

Floor Plan
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  • Croco Dile

    This I don’t consider perfect for this situation, but at least they did not try to scream aloud “here we are” by using wrong matereals. Gray wood makes the building look decent.

  • Allegro

    I can just imagine this being on Kevin McLeod’s Grand Designs, fantastic endeavour.

  • Nick

    I like it – simple, to-the-point and unapologetic, while still being respectful to what is obviously a pretty amazing place.

    And oh, that shower…