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Perched on a steep mountaintop in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Monachyle Beag hunting lodge proves that a challenging site doesn’t have to mean a compromised design. The project was fraught with planning complexities, the site difficult to access and the construction hampered by a wet spring and heavy snow. Despite this, Linearchitecture has triumphed, with a design that is sensitive to its setting yet celebrates the tranquillity, panoramic mountain views and beautiful textures of the natural landscape.

The design form is a nod to agricultural buildings, helping the lodge to integrate into the wider landscape. An outer layer with an exposed galvanised frame provides the visual effect of a barn, whilst tucked underneath is a ‘building within a building’ featuring large areas of glazing that is unobtrusive to its surroundings. Russwood cladding was key in achieving this, with SiOO:X coated Scotlarch® providing a natural, durable finish with uniform weathering, and the inner ‘skin’ of Siberian Larch (SILA®) timber painted in a flat grey RAL colour to lessen the visual impact.

Linearchitecture said: “The materiality of the project was key to its visual integration into the landscape. Russwood were very knowledgeable about their products and patiently assisted us in varying our specification until it was balanced with what we were trying to achieve.”

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