Heaste, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

Designed by the acclaimed architect Mary Arnold Forster in partnership with the current owners, this award-winning modern house and studio stand high on a hillside on the south-westerly coast of the Isle of Skye. Set in roughly one-third of an acre of landscaped gardens with over 1,400 sq ft of internal living space, the superlative views reach as far east as Beinn Sgrialth, south to Loch Eishort and west to the hills over a wooded burn. The layout follows a predominantly open plan, with each component seamlessly interlinked to create a natural flow between spaces for working, resting and eating. A beautifully designed modern kitchen is positioned on the northern wall, with appliances housed discreetly within bespoke joinery, creating aesthetic continuity. Large picture windows frame the verdant backdrop, and a log-burning stove forms a natural centrepoint in winter months. External openings have been cleverly conceived to trace the passage of the sun and capitalise on the uninterrupted views throughout the house. Sliding glass walls open the entire living space onto the south-facing terrace in warmer weather, whilst the external tin cladding protects from prevailing winds. Glazing to the north looks out to raised beds and gives the home the feeling of being dug into the landscape, while to the south, the house overlooks a sloping topography down towards the Loch. The architectural design is characterised by a striking black profile of corrugated aluminium,  artfully set in contrast to the beautifully light interiors lined almost entirely in Douglas fir, emulating the feel and warmth of a traditional Scottish blackhouse. Following completion in 2017, the design won a RIAS award in 2018 and was nominated for the Andrew Doolan Award in 2019. The house has featured in numerous architectural publications, including the RIBA and RIAS Journals and was included in Dezeen’s list of 10 best houses of 2019. The house is for sale for the first time and in its original condition. £600,000, Available Themodernhouse.com

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