House in Assynt
by Mary Arnold-Forster Architects
Client Private client
Awards RIAS Award 2021
This project was shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year 2021
Arriving at House in Assynt is an unforgettable experience. The tortuous nature of the road and the seemingly inaccessible location of the site create a sense of anticipation on the journey, which is met by curiosity on arrival, and is instantly transformed into marvel as the front door opens.
The quality of natural light and the well-balanced proportions of the spaces reveal themselves along the procession from the front door to the primary living space which culminates with a breath-taking view over the mountains.
Setting aside the innovative off-site fabrication, the transportation and construction challenges and the harsh exposure of the site, this building is an exquisite study in volumetric space and light which has produced a house which is exactly tailored to the client’s brief and is a joy to experience.
House in Assynt is an exemplary model of sustainable and considered architecture which makes as minimal an impact on its environment as is possible and yet which leaves a lasting legacy for its occupants to enjoy.
Internal Area 100 m²
Structural Engineer & Contractor Carbon Dynamic