When it comes to residential adaptive reuse, the sky is the limit: a grain silo could be home sweet home. But a more confounding challenge could be what to do with a very old home in a state of total disrepair.
At an ailing 18th-century stone house on the western Scottish Isle of Coll, Edinburgh-based firm WT Architecture worked with the existing structure to create a modern home for a young family. The gabled masonry building, abandoned in the mid-1800s and marked by a giant crack in one of its walls, was rescued from its ruinous state with a new timber, stone, and glass structure that at once stabilizes the original building and slots into its footprint, rising two stories.
Open-plan areas on the ground floor include a living/dining room, which occupies a glassy single-story pavilion that links the house's two discrete wings. Bedrooms and baths sit upstairs. Throughout, a largely neutral palette includes slate and timber floors, whitewashed walls, and a home office lined entirely with wood.
∙ This home on a Scottish island combines the old with the new [Contemporist]
∙ All Homes coverage [Curbed]