Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Shed, Tokavaig

The Shed at Tokavaig, Skye, is a labour of love designed and built by Mary Arnold-Forster of awardwinning architects Dualchas. Like much of Dualchas' work, The Shed is inspired by the traditional Highland blackhouse, simple shedlike buildings constructed using local, often salvaged, materials. Lovely to look at with its corrugated larch cladding, it also features solar panels, underfloor heating and the first grant-aided exhaust-air heat pump in Scotland. There are also smashing views of the Cuillin mountain range and across to the islands of Rhum and Canna. Unsurprisingly, The Shed won this year's New Building category in the IAA Design Awards

There's a documentary about the building of The Shed on December 18 (tomorrow) on the Discovery Channel and a nice piece in The Times.

Best of all, if you want a special shedworking holiday, you can rent it out. Click here for details. Thanks to Elspeth Thompson for the alert.


Today's posts are sponsored by garden2office, the Swedish garden office specialists.Click here for more details.

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