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Taigh Na Traigh

    Taigh Na Traigh is a new build private dwellinghouse on Tiree which been shortlisted in the aesthetic design (small scale) category. It was designed by Denzien Works Architects. The site is on the working yard of the main house of the township of Mannal where the previous owner sold the dwelling and site as two separate lots. The site is therefore peppered with various farm buildings, ruins and a byre in which our new house sits. These agricultural relics drove the formal organisation of the house and in particular the ruins of the gabled byre. The resultant house, split into two wings, nestles into the rebuilt stone walls which drive the main architectural expression of the building. Externally, the house is clad from the materials and forms of Tiree, presenting the new house as one of the island; stone walls, timber cladding, pebbledash render and bitumen in both sheet and corrugated forms.

    The relationship between the stone wall that wraps the ground floor and its negative impression – represented in glass – is designed to give the sense of the site’s history being deeply rooted within the new house; the home is grounded using the existing agricultural elements to drive the design and proportion of the new volumes. This balance between old and new is brought to life through the theatrical journey from the entrance towards the main house, such as where the old stone walls transform into parts of the new building elements.

    Photos copyright Gilbert McCarragher.

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