Nestled into a craggy cliff on the Isle of Skye, the Colbost House is a four-house home for a family of five, with the magnificent views over Dunvegan bay to the Waternish peninsula.
This house consist of four black farm buildings with black oiled Siberian larch cladding and aluminium roof sheeting, the ultra-contemporary interior contrast with traditional Scottish Highlands.
In addition to the two conjoined barnhouses including a main living area and four bedrooms, there was to be a separate shed for storage and wood store and heat pump shelter, the buildings are grouped around a tight courtyard that offers shelter from the wind and an opportunity to shower before entering the house.
Inspiration from architect:
The design is directly inspired by a black shed on the adjacent croft, simple in form and clearly rooted to its landscape. The form developed out of a desire to lose the bulk of the relatively large building into the shadow of the cliff behind so that the 1 ½ storey element containing all the bedrooms sits behind the main simple communal living space in front.