an artist's retreat
Ruairidh Moir – Architect
Ryan Reid – Katy McGregor - Architectural Assistants
Lemreway, Isle of Lewis
Our strategy is to raise the wall head slightly to accommodate a new roof, with its ridge line tilted to follow the terrain. This roof will anchor to the stone gable, and project over a new terrace, where artists can take in their surroundings from a position of altitude. The roof will be black, much like the pitch tar roofs that graduated from thatch coverings.
On approach, the building will remain long and low, with the volumes opening up on entering. A dormer window, positioned as a counterpoint to a glazed gable, surprised one on entering, and washes light down any given artwork in progress.