This project, to start on site in Summer 2019, creates a three bedroom house from an existing ruined Chapel in the South of Mull.
Large areas of the Chapel are constructed of the Mica Schist stone found at the nearby beaches at Uisken and Scoor. In order to visually preserve this natural stone internally as well as externally, our proposal employs a mix of internal and external insulation which overlaps to maintain insulation standards.
This approach has allowed us to accentuate the full height of the Southern gable, where a new stained glass window will provide a central feature. This over cladding of the gable externally offered us an opportunity to also introduce a clerestory that will flood the stone wall with an even natural light and exploit the subtle shimmering quality of the stone.
The proposal celebrates the volume of the existing chapel with a large full height, open plan living area that enjoys views across the moor and an abundance of natural light from the South West.
The the scale and siting of the new extension makes it subordinate to the existing building and it’s slightly sloping hallway connection allows the extension to respond to the natural contours of the site.
The design seeks to blend the proposal into the landscape and celebrate the simplicity of the Chapel whilst retaining it’s stature and create a sustainable, energy efficient home.