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‘Truly breathtaking’ Scottish Highlands bolthole named House of the Year

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A “truly breathtaking” home in the Scottish Highlands has been named House of the Year.

Lochside House, built on the edge of a lake in the west Highlands, was described by judges as a “modest, sustainable home” which is a “perfect addition to the dream landscape”.

The home, formed of three finely-crafted buildings huddled together and clad in burnt Scottish larch, is “perfectly integrated into the wild and rugged landscape”, they said.

Lochside House is described as a 'perfect addition to the dream landscape'
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Lochside House is described as a ‘perfect addition to the dream landscape’

Solar panels supply the home with all the energy it needs and water is pulled up from a borehole.

Protected by a drystone wall, its roofs “echo the distant mountains,” judges said.

But it was not only the outside appearance that impressed them.

House Of The Year is awarded to the UK's best new architect-designed house
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House Of The Year is awarded to the UK’s best new architect-designed house

Architect Takero Shimazaki, chair of the award jury, said there was an “overwhelming sense of comfort, warmth and homeliness” inside the house.

He said it was “astonishing” that the “remoteness and challenging weather”, had not defeated the owner’s vision.

The award, made by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba), honours the UK’s best new architect-designed house.

Architects Haysom Ward Miller designed Lochside House, which Riba president Ben Derbyshire called “truly breath-taking” and the “perfect addition to this dream landscape”.

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, who revealed the winner on Channel 4, said the house is “the kind of architecture we can all easily learn from and it’s a way of building that we, in Britain, are getting really very good at”.

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