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Courtesy of: Sally Stevens /


Eco cabins

Black Isle, Scotland

Entirely focused on sustainability the brief for this project was to create comfortable self-catering cabins that could be run entirely off-grid. It was critical that the design considered where on the property the cabins would be located, so as to maximize the outlook and light and minimise the impact of the structures on the surrounding habitat.


The 1st of 2 cabins is complete. Only 6m x 2.5m, the design of this initial cabin provided for an elevated double bed with storage underneath, a kitchen area, dining and seating areas. A compact bathroom houses the composting toilet, wash hand basin and bucket shower. Heating is via a wood burning stove. There is no electricity or running water.


Constructed entirely from wood with wooden framing, cladding and interior finishes. A living roof was installed to increase insulation, absorb rainwater and help to blend the cabin into the woodland where it is situated. Glazed, French doors open to an outside deck, providing ventilation and maximising solar gain.

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