Using planks of burnt larch to clad across-laminated timber house in the Scottish Highlands, Mary Arnold-Forster Architects have created a design that blends in well with the rugged backdrop of the moored highlands.
The Scottish Highlands are like no other and Nedd House sits in the small village of Nedd which is surrounded by luscious wilderness. The untamable landscape of the Highlands is a photographers dream. Its shimmering lakes and great rolling hills cry out for an adventure and Arnold-Fosters’ unique build fits perfectly into the bohemian playground with its burnt orange colours.
While discovering one of the UK’s most unique locations, Nedd House offers the opportunity to reside in style. The choice of the boxed design of the Nedd project allows for a stark contrast with the rolling hills, whilst it doesn’t impose itself or destroy the natural beauty of the place and, instead, fits in with the aesthetic of the local area.
When surveying the area Mary Arnold-Forster Architects made sure to “determine a location that could be built upon without breaking any of the surrounding rocks.”
The location which its creator finally opted for was nestled between two outcrops and, in turn, allows for some spectacular views of the Highlands throughout the day. Making sure not to have a disruptive impact on the land, the firm deciding against a ground bearing slab.
Nedd House is divided into three pods. A living space, en-suite master bedroom and guest bedroom and showers. The decision allows for privacy in both parts as well as allowing both parties the option for awe-inspiring views. The pods are all linked together with a corridor that is north facing, allowing for immense highland views.
The cladding, as well as being asthmatically pleasing was chosen for its durability and airtight envelope, allows for minimal heating. Apart from a burning-wood stove, there are no other heating options so the cladding is a godsend as its location would make it hard for a mains supply of heating.
There is the option of staying at the cottage here:
All images provided to Far Out Magazine via Mary Arnold-Forster Architects and photographer David Barbour. See more of their work, here.