Simple design need not mean boring. Scottish architecture firm Rural Design completed a gabled holiday home in Scotland’s Isle of Skye that combines the local utilitarian style of a rural shed with unexpected contemporary design. The project, named Tinhouse, is clad in corrugated aluminum and was built by the studio founders as a year-round rental home.
Set on the northwestern tip of the Isle of Skye, the 70-square-meter Tinhouse overlooks beautiful views of The Minch strait. The holiday home is both modern and rustic with its gabled form and corrugated aluminum skin. The metal cladding also helps protect the home from the harsh elements. Rural Design founders Gill Smith and Alan Dickson designed and built the Tinhouse over the course of five years and chose materials for “an ease of build by one person.” The architects write: “In this way, the handmade Tinhouse celebrates the self-build tradition commonly found in a rural context.”
In contrast to the uniform metal skin, the modern interior sports a diverse color and materials palette. Muted concrete, white-painted surfaces, and timber framing provide a neutral backdrop for the vibrant pops of color used in the furnishings, from the grass green chairs to the sunset orange cushions. The bespoke furniture reflects the “handmade spirit of the house” and is built from recycled materials, such as the beds and seats constructed from leftover structural timber. A series of windows line the side of the house facing the water to frame views of the strait.
Images © David Barbour, Rural Design, Alex Rece