New House, Rousay

Written by Allan Sutherland

2 storey house with cement-free stone gabion foundations, Rousay, Orkney. Designed by amazonails, self built in 2009

Key data

Province: OrkneyCity:Isle of Rousay,Completion:2009Type of Construction:HybridDesign/ArchitectureamazonailsClay/Earth plaster:Owner/self builtStraw Builder:Mark & Helen Castle/self builtPossibility to visit:NoPress photos:No
Photocredit:Martin Laird
Residential acreage:82m2U-Value (Wall):W/m2KU-Value (Roof):W/m2KCategories:Projects UK,

An unusual combination of recycled telegraph poles holding up the first floor joists in an otherwise loadbearing 2 storey building, so a hybrid. Designed by amazonails for the extreme weather of the Isle of Rousay, near Orkney, Scotland. The posts and straw walls are on foundations made of stone gabions – totally cement-free. This family home was built by the owners in 2009 and designed by amazonails.

About the author

Allan Sutherland