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Contemporary and Vernacular Architecture in the Western Scottish Isles


1. Introduction


England

Southampton

English Channel

Alderney

Cherbourg

Guernsey Jersey

France

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Braye bay


Benbecula

Glasgow

Manchester

Alderney


Guernsey Airport


Benbecula Airport


Key

Outer Hebridies

Vernacular architecture Ness

Contemporary architecture Lewis 11 10 Uig Sands

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09 Breanais

07 Harris 06 04

Tarbert

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Leverburgh Berneray North Uist 12

Uig

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01

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Benbecula Airport

Benbecula

Inverness

Skye 14

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Lochboisdale

South Uist

15 17

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18

Inner Hebridies

Armadale

Mallaig

Fort William

Glasgow

Building Visits 01. Benbecula Water Tower, c.1970 02. Our Lady of Sorrows, 1965 03. St Michael’s of the Sea, 1899-1903 04. Gatliff Hostel, c.1800 05. The Girnal 06. Talla na Mara, 2017

08. Uig Sands Restaurant 09. Breanish, Dualchas 10. Gearrannan Blackhouse Village 11. Dun Carloway, c.1st Century AD 12. Herring shed, Rural Design 13. Houses around Colbost

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Houses around Carbost Grealin, Rural Design Rural Design Studio Dualchas Studio An Cala, Dualchas Black House, Dualchas

Edinburgh


Berneray


2. Context


Isle of Skye


Isle of Lewis


North Uist


Lewis

Harris

North Uist

Benbecula

Skye

South Uist

Barra Key Granite and related rocks Gabbro and related rocks Metamorphic rocks Igneous sills LewisianPermian gneiss toTriassic sedimentary rocks Area with many granite vein s Sills Metamorphosed gabbro and related rock s Volcanic rocks Metamorphosed sedimentary rock s Sedimentary rocks Banded gneisses Outer Hebrides fault Outer Hebrides Fault Dykes Geological diagram of the Outer Hebrides

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Mountains, North Harris

Geology, South Harris


Callanish standing stones

Lewisian gneiss


Beach, Harris


Mountains separating Harris and Lewis


Sketchbook pages


Peat cutting Comann Eachdraidh Uig Collections

Breanish Village Comann Eachdraidh Uig Collections


Broch, Dun Carloway


Sketch of double skin wall Broch, Dun Carloway


3. Architectural Progression


Architectural progression

Blackhouse

Croft / Department House

Evolving typology

‘Modern’ House

Contemporary Shelter


Architectural progression

Blackhouse

Croft / Department House

Evolving typology

‘Modern’ House

Contemporary Shelter


Gerreran Black House Village


Gatlif Black House, Berneray


Marram grass roof

Walls to shoulder height

Deep reveals

Lewisian Gneiss walls

Measured elevation drawing Gerreran Black House Village


Architectural progression

Blackhouse

Croft / Department House

Evolving typology

‘Modern’ House

Contemporary House


Crofters cottage and barns North Uist


Crofters cottage, derelict and inhabited Berneray


Slate tile roof

Two stories, offering separated living

Masonry construction

Thrown ‘Harling’ Lime render

Measured elevation drawing Isle of Lewis Croft House


Architectural progression

Blackhouse

Croft / Department House

Emerging typology

‘Modern’ House

Contemporary Shelter


Our Lady of Sorrows Church South Uist


Water tower Benbecula


Architectural progression

Blackhouse

Croft / Department House

Evolving typology

‘Modern’ House

Contemporary Shelter


Talla Ma Nara Visitor centre


Corrugated metal, agricultural roofing material

Timber board cladding to resist harsh and wet winters

Over clad timber windows to overcome corrosive maritime climate

Measured elevation drawing Talla Na Mara Visitor Centre


4. Contemporary Response to ‘Shelter’


Rural Design

Skye

Dualchas


Contemporary response to ‘shelter’ in the Western Isles

Appropriate construction techniques

Material sensibility

Considered form and orientation


Contemporary response to ‘shelter’ in the Western Isles

Appropriate construction techniques

Material sensibility

Considered form and orientation


Herring shed, Self build Rural Design


Use of pre-fabricated panel construction Allowing construction in adverse environment


Uig Sands Restaurant under construction Close relationship with contractors Dualchas Architects


Contemporary response to ‘shelter’ in the Western Isles

Appropriate construction techniques

Material sensibility

Considered form and orientation


Timber cladding and deep reveales Breanish Dulchas


Corrugated steel clad barns


Timber cladding with corrugated metal roofing Talla Na Mara Rural Design


Contemporary response to ‘shelter’ in the Western Isles

Appropriate construction techniques

Material sensibility

Considered form and orientation


Refined and weather resistant form Inspired by vernacular Houses near Fiscavaig


Refined and weather resistant form Black house Dualchas


Form influenced by surrounding landscape Hen House Rural Design


5. Thank You


Self Portrait Blackhouse


Mountains on Skye


Profile for West Yorkshire Society of Architects

2018 Contemporary and Vernacular Architecture in the Western Scottish Isles by Bradley Sumner PHOTOS  

Photographic presentation of architectural study trip to the Western Scottish Isles by 2018 Bedford Scholar, Bradley Sumner, architecture st...

2018 Contemporary and Vernacular Architecture in the Western Scottish Isles by Bradley Sumner PHOTOS  

Photographic presentation of architectural study trip to the Western Scottish Isles by 2018 Bedford Scholar, Bradley Sumner, architecture st...

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