Proctor & Matthews complete pair of cottages on remote isle in the Outer Hebrides
Architects at Proctor & Matthews have unveiled two recently completed holiday cottages located on the remote Isle of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides.
The practice said the design of Kirrin Cottages was inspired by the surrounding coastal landscape and the island’s early Blackhouse forms to create a retreat that celebrates the dramatic context. In keeping with the style of the early Croft Houses, the cottages are bounded by a stone gabion wall.
The buildings and bicycle stores are clad in black corrugated metal sheeting, reflecting and evolving on the island’s aesthetic, while vibrant window hoods provide coloured accents within the grassland setting and frame views to the distant Cuillin Mountains.
Internally, the tranquil light-filled spaces encourage a connection with nature and provide an opportunity to observe the Island’s wildlife including deer, owls and eagles.
The project utilised offsite construction techniques using pre-fabricated insulated timber frame, with much of the work on site, including the stone gabion wall, undertaken by the owner and manager of the cottages. The cottages provide living and bedroom space for up to four guests.