Ailsa Spindler and Agnes Boes
Dates: Design Start: April
Having purchased a breathtaking site overlooking Loch Nedd
in the village of Nedd, north of Lochinver, the Clients approached Locate
with a view to developing an eco-friendly house and work space utilising
in particular reused compressed tyre bales.
The bales (pictured, below right) have been developed by Northern Tyre
Recycling of Evanton, near Dornoch and have been used for civil engineering
projects in Scotland and elsewhere, but outside the US, they have never
been used for a house. The plan is to float the house on a
raft of tyre bales and in addition to use the bales which are both
insulating and thermally massive because of their size for part
of the house walls. They will be rendered inside and out.
The house will be highly energy efficient with other innovative details
such as a proposed free draining, concrete-free floor build-up, full height
sliding glazing and natural clay and timber finishes throughout. Particular
attention will be paid to water conservation measures and low energy fitments.
Locate achieved Planning and Building Warrant approvals and while work started well on site, the project was not completed.