Medieval castles a rugged coastline the sight of unending blue waters colorful wild flowers breaking up the vast greenery and the promise of tranquility that eludes life in the big city – Isle of Skye has it all and a whole lot more! Any holiday home or residence on this scenic island instantly becomes a showstopper thanks to the landscape that surrounds it. But the fabulous designed by Rural Design offers a whole lot more as it effortlessly combines the form of a classic rural barn with contemporary style and finishes to create a fusion of two contrasting worlds.
Locally sourced timber and reclaimed bricks coupled with a generous sprinkling of dark tiles and a concrete structure helped shape this distinct and stylish Sydney home. As is the norm with most contemporary homes these days the open living area with the kitchen and dining zones opens up into the rear garden and offers unabated connectivity with the sights and sounds outside.
The façade of the house is truly unique with a smart brick wall seamlessly blending in with its more contemporary surroundings. The thick brick wall was as much a functional addition as it was aesthetic with its presence keeping out harsh afternoon sunlight and excessive heat during those really hot summer days.
With an open living area that also houses the kitchen and dining space becoming the social zone and heart of the house one feels that the interior is a lot more spacious than it really is. Pops of green and orange enliven the kitchen bedroom and bathroom while furniture crafted from leftover structural timber and concrete gives the home a planet-friendly twist. A large wooden and concrete deck outside complete a home that is inviting practical and peaceful.
But that is where the similarities end as the new house was crafted using revolutionary developed by ETH Zurich which can be filled with different materials to change the level of insulation! The hollow wooden blocks are not the only planet-friendly feature here and you can also see reclaimed wood and other materials from the old house being reused to cut down on both wastage and construction costs.
This fabulous fusion of different spaces is what gives the home its unique form and distinctive style even while clearly defining each area. A seamless blend of locally sourced wood with concrete and steels ensures that there is ample textural contrast within the home and large windows and glass doors bring in plenty of natural freshness.
A series of glass windows connects the interior with the world outside and brings in the ever-changing sights and sounds of nature. On the inside one sees a far more approach to design with curated décor polished finishes and a color scheme based on white and gray.