The house’s robust, sculptural form reaches beyond the chequered architectural history of Lewis, from imported kits back to ancient dwellings. This substantial new home is meshed into the archaeology of a former croft and hunkers down into a site which slopes gently down to the sea. This is an avowedly permanent dwelling within an exposed landscape, its windows, set deep within its dark stained timber skin.
The client’s first brief was to ‘do something bold with the old and the new’. Its materials are elemental, rough-sawn ship-lap boarding, galvanised steel gutters, a roof of slate and lead. Yet within its protective exterior, the house, far removed from the traditional confined rooms of the historic croft, is light and contemporary with a double-height living space.