Guest House, Loch Tay, Scotland
Khoury Architects was appointed to design a modern two bedroom guest house with Frank Lloyd-Wright influences in the grounds of a house on the side of Loch Tay in Perthshire, Scotland. The new dwelling was to replace a dilapidated barn situated on a steep slope at the bottom of a 20 foot drop from the driveway of the main house. The brief centred on a number of factors:
- Incorporation of sloping site levels into design
- Design to maximise views across Loch Tay and minimise transition between inside and outside spaces
- Use of recycled materials and incorporation of energy efficient features
Khoury Architects responded with a sympathetic yet striking design incorporating a cantilevered lounge and extensive glazing – both characteristics of Frank Lloyd Wright’s style of Architecture and featuring extensively in the iconic Falling Water designed by him in 1930s Pennsylvania.
- The use of recycled stone in the construction of the guest house harmonises with the existing house
- The cantilevered lounge overcomes the challenge of a sloping site and, combined with the use of glass, promote a sense of immersion in ones surroundings
- Extensive glazing orientated towards the Loch maximises uninterrupted views
- The interior aesthetic is minimal and contemporary and high quality materials have been used throughout
- Reclaimed stone has been used as well as recycled slate from the roof of the old barn
- Underfloor heating and a high efficiency boiler have been installed
The guest accommodation is accessible from the main house via a well-lit, well-spaced staircase, leaving visitors to come and go to their own space as they please.
Our clients nominated their builder for the “Heavenly Builder” Award in the Master Builder of the Year Awards 2008 which he deservedly won having completed the project within budget and on time while overcoming the adverse site conditions. Scotland on Sunday covered the story in their supplement, At Home.
Homes and Interiors, Scotland have also written an Eco-Living Case Study on the guest house.