Neil Sutherland Architects were appointed by Gordonbush Estate to design a new eight bedroom fishing lodge on the site of an existing farm on the banks of Loch Brora. The existing dilapidated buildings were demolished and the lodge located to capture the spectacular south facing views over the loch.
The lodge is conceived as two overlapping linear elements with the bedrooms located in the two storey wing to the rear with the living/dining/kitchen areas situated in the single storey wing. This arrangements gives all public rooms a southerly aspect with views to the loch and separates the private sleeping areas from the communal space. The main entrance and staircase is located at the connection between the two elements.
The single storey wing features a large section douglas fir post and beam frame to allow expansive areas of glazing to the south. The timber for the frame was felled close to the site. External walls are untreated Scottish softwood panels filled with warmcel insulation. Externally the walls are clad in European larch with a Welsh slate roof. Windows and external doors were manufactured locally in Dornoch.
Underfloor space heating and hot water are provided using a ground source heat pump with roof mounted evacuated tube solar collectors to supplement the hot water supply. It is the owner's intention to install a micro hydro scheme in a nearby stream which will generate enough electricity to meet the both the lodge's electrical requirements and also several nearby houses.