Ruairidh Moir – Architect
Nikitas Papadopoulos, Architectural,
Ryan Reid - Architectural Assistants
Maciver Consultancy Services
Isle of Eriskay, Scotland
Andy Laverty & Family
Eriskay Construction Group
The building is simple in concept and construction. The stone walls retained and a timber frame inserted within.
It is compact though has been carefully considered in its arrangement. Entry is by way of a small external courtyard
formed to the rear. A small area comprising a shower room and kitchenette is situated at this end, the window for the shower room being inserted into an existing opening in the stonework.
The main space is vaulted internally to enhance the spatial effect. The effort of a series of turns allows the crescendo of the view to be unveiled to the visitor in a sequential manner. East facing rooflights allow morning light to dance on the surface of the solid gable adjacent to the stove. Externally, the roof is slated with redressed Ballachulish slates, repurposed from the roofing works at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis. The completed proposal responds to the environment through key vistas and by identifying how a series of small spaces could cumulatively contribute to an enhanced whole. Cruachan Beag anew demonstrates how ruined structures in the landscape can be adapted and transformed to make contemporary architecture whilst being respectful to their past as well as their setting.
“I was first introduced to Ruairidh by an old architect friend who described him as a star pupil and a rising star. My first project with Ruairidh was a contemporary four bedroom house on Eriskay overlooking a beautiful beach facing the Atlantic. We were delighted with the outcome and then asked him to design and rebuild an old ruin on the same property which, in our view, had an even better outcome. The things I like about working with Ruairidh is his ability to listen, his creativity, enthusiasm and his collaborative approach. His collaborative skills in particular, allows him to get the best out of his client and builder which results in high quality buildings and makes the whole process fun. I would strongly recommend Ruairidh.” – Andy Laverty
Glasgow Institute of Architects: Small Works award (2020)
Scottish Design Award (2021)
Finalist, Archiboo Awards, Best Use of Video (2020).
Glasgow Institute of Architects Inaugural Client of the Year Award 2020
"An honest and extremely well observed piece of work. The charming modest building defies classification and has autonomy and distinctiveness."
"Judges commended the collaboration and trust between client and architect in realizing this project and noted that the values demonstrated by the client were exemplary for all clients and private residential clients in particular and that this has been instrumental for a young architectural studio such as BARD in launching their practice." – Glasgow Institute of Architects Awards Jury