Doolan Award 2014 - House No. 7

House No. 7, Isle of Tiree

The winners of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards 2014 were announced on 18 June. The award-winning projects represent some of the very best of current Scottish architecture and each will go forward to the shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, which will be presented on 5 November 2014 at the National Museum of Scotland. The RIAS Doolan Award is supported by the Doolan family and the Scottish Government. Over the coming weeks we will be highlighting each of these projects in our “featured project” section. The fifth of these is: the House No. 7, Isle of Tiree by Denizen Works Ltd


The design of House No. 7 adopts forms, appearance, composition and materials appropriate to the Hebridean countryside, combining a rebuilt/refurbished traditional black house with a shed-like structure reminiscent of agricultural buildings.  The house was conceived as two houses in one, a main house (the new build) and a guest house (the black house), linked by a utility hall and facilities, all placed within an enclosed setting. The effect of the whole is intended to give the feeling of organic development over time.


The two houses are treated as separate territories connected by the utility hall, off which sit a utility room, wet room and studio/lego room. The family house contains living, kitchen and dining spaces above, with the master bedroom below. The former is a half level up from the entrance and the latter is sunk into the landscape with views to a sheltered garden. The guest house is constructed using stone from the original cottage and contains two guest bedrooms, a bathroom and a snug/entertaining room with an open link to the utility hall. Heating is provided by way of an air-source heat pump.


The now retired clients Mr & Mrs Kerr, after decades of holidaying on Tiree, wanted a permanent piece of beachfront and so in 2008, they bought a traditional black house, just 650 feet from the ocean.  The house was in poor condition and found to be unstable so permission was sought to demolish and rebuild along the lines of the original form.  The inspirational design of House No. 7, which combines the form of the black house with the new build is by the architect son of the clients, Murray Kerr.


Photo credit: David Barbour

Combined external and internal images of House No 7.