Frisealach, a Scottish timber framed eco home

A carbon neutral house on the west coast of Scotland

Client: Helen Lucas

Location: Loch Ailort, Scotland

Completed: 2008

Commencement: May 2007

Frame raised: August 2007

Wind and Watertight: October 2007

Features: A cantilevered glazed corner giving incredible views out to the sea

Constraints: Remote coastal location on a heavily sloping and rocky plot

Size: Approximately 170m². Ground floor 105m², First floor 65m²

Architect: Helen Lucas Architects

A green oak and Douglas fir framed home in a challenging location. Situated above a rocky outcrop on the shores of Scotland's Loch Ailort.

Between a rock and a hard place

In a remote location, standing above the rock on a heavily sloping plot of land lies Frisealach – a home of great architectural success.

The building was designed to become part of the land without affecting it, carrying off a modern design that blends perfectly with the natural surroundings.  Not only was the project designed by architect Helen Lucas, it would also be her home.

An unusual and challenging site, fondly dubbed ‘between a rock and a hard place’ and located between a burn and a rocky outcrop.

Everything was delivered and transported down a steep, narrow channel and erected with a telehandler.  The frame is supported on a green oak base of fourteen stilts, connected down to the rugged terrain, giving a flat deck ground floor to which the internal structural Douglas fir timbers are connected.

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