The Houl

Architecture & Interiors

We’re absolutely melting for the gorgeous modern simplicity of this residential project by award-winning Scottish firm Simon Winstanley Architects. One of those energy efficient, zero carbon houses, we appreciate all the passive energy elements, but also really adore the way it’s nestled into that landscape.

From the website: “The house is sited in a natural concave area of hillside facing principally west along the contours to enjoy the spectacular landscape setting of the river Ken valley and the ridges of the Rhinns of Kells hills opposite. The intention was to create a contemporary single storey ʻlong houseʼ which is recessive in the landscape, sustainable in its construction, very low in energy consumption, and aiming for zero net emissions of carbon dioxide for all energy use in the house.”

“The design uses lightweight but highly insulated steel and timber frame construction, clad in cedar weather boarding allowed to weather to a natural silver grey colour. The roof finish is pre-weathered grey standing seam zinc. Windows and external doors are triple glazed high performance timber, painted grey. All insulation levels are to Passiv Haus standards.”

Images: Andrew Lee
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