The ‘Tinhouse’ is a holiday home built on Isle of Skye, Scotland. Gill Smith and Alan Dickson, the founders of local architecture studio Rural Design, designed and built the house as a rental home. The form of the building resembles traditional Scottish farmer’s cottages that are spread across the landscape. The roof and the walls of the house are clad in corrugated aluminium which helps to protect the building from fierce storms. A narrow horizontal window opens the beautiful views over the landscape. The Tinhouse was built for £110,000. Also, the majority of the construction was performed by one person. Inside, architects combined modern and rustic styles, which was achieved by using materials such as concrete, plywood and timber panelling. Architects used recycled materials as much as possible: bed frames and seats were built from unused structural timber, while the wooden dowels were used for door handles and coat pegs. In order to bring more light (since the windows are narrow) architects used the height of the ceilings and installed skylights.
Photos by David Barbour