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Taigh Na Coille – House of the Woods

Stunning green oak and Douglas fir framed home

Client: Private client

Location: Roshven, The Highlands, Scotland

Completed: 2012

Architect: Helen Lucas Architects

Features: Green oak sub-structure with Douglas fir internal frame

Constraints: Building on sloping and uneven coastline

Materials: Oak and Douglas fir, steel flitch plates and bolts

A beautiful house on the shores of a loch, built to minimise impact on its environment.

Located on the rugged eastern shoreline of Loch Ailort in the Scottish Highlands sits the stunning property Taigh Na Coille – meaning The Forest House in Scottish Gaelic.

Having worked with Helen Lucas Architects to build nearby Frisealach in 2007, we were again commissioned to work on this complex project in 2011. Similarly to Frisealach, it required the engineers and builders to accurately position concrete plinths on the bedrock from which we could then build a green oak base.

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