Architect Neil Stephen leaned toward historical influences when designing this modern home on the Isle of Skye for writer and professor Dominic Houlder. Located in the Hebrides, an archipelago off of Scotland's northwest coast, the island is predominately populated by longhouses, narrow single-room dwellings made from the stone, turf, and thatch readily available from the land. Stephen envisioned Houlder's home as a modernist take on this typology, and sought to "promote the value of our architectural heritage and reinforce confidence in our culture."
In Edinburgh, married architects and business partners Kieran Gaffney and Makiko Konishi built a rustic home that seamlessly blends their Scottish and Japanese heritages. Because it was built in a historic district, its exterior features few Japanese notes aside from a nuri-en overhang leading out to the backyard. Inside, a sunken table and tatami room create a more balanced cultural influence.
Architect Níall Hedderman used a glass-walled addition to unify the interior of a 1930s suburban Edinburgh home and connect it to the outdoors.
Wrapped in Cor-Ten steel, this eco-friendly home in rural Scotland was rebuilt using the original bones of a granite farm building. In addition to utilizing solar energy, the structure features heat-retaining concrete floors, sheep's wool insulation, and a breathable sedum roof, all of which put the home near Passive House standards.
This "local prefab" home on the Isle of Skye is made mostly from materials sourced in northern Scotland. The timber-framed model, meant to evoke the simple agrarian barns of the area, can be constructed on-site in as little as a day and is designed for affordability.