Island. Eight new house designs by architects from Scotland, Switzerland and Sweden for residents and incomers to the Hebridean island of Harris.
This project is part of the exhibition ISLAND, with other seven projects by Swiss, Scottish and Swedish architects: Angela Deuber, Christ & Gantenbein, Neil Gillespie of Reiach & Hall, Johannes Norlander, Raumbureau and Raphael Zuber.
Rocks and Sea. I look at the sea and I know it is just a tiny border of something very big and wet. I can only imagine the ocean in my head, so it remains a concept. I am familiar with rocks - they are also endless - but I don’t have that mystical relation to them: rocks are just pieces of stone lying somewhere, hard and physical - but also beautiful. This project is about these two conditions.
The space facing the sea is the most artificial and the most conceptual space that I know of - a circular space. I cut it exactly in half.
The space facing the rocks is also a circle and a hill is more or less in its centre. Here the circle only makes a boundary to give presence to a random area of rocks. The house occupies a fragment of that space.
Materials: concrete, glass