Bunavoneader – Isle of Harris, Scotland

The Outer Hebrides is quiet, peaceful and remote an ideal place to site a building designed for rest and relaxation. This project site is located on the Isle of Harris, overlooking the beautiful Loch Shiphoirt to the south.

An experimental architectural design integrates glulam and green roofing to produce a wonderfully unique eco-friendly structure. Set in a picturesque but at times challenging weather environment, the finished building affords comfort and shelter, nestling discreetly into the Scottish hillside.

A basic framework of eight glulam curved beams sets the foundation to build this unique conjoined structure. Glulam ribs interconnect with the curved beams to form the structural frame which was then sheeted, roofed and turfed with vertical sides insulated and over clad.


  • Project: Coastal retreat
  • Architect: nKm Architects, London
  • Contractor: O’Mac Construction
  • Timber: Spruce and UK grown Larch
  • Fixings: Concealed galvanised steel flitch plates and steel dowels.
  • Finish: Sioo treatment to external glulam.
  • Cost (approx): £240 per square metre for engineering, design and manufacture.
Bunavoneader - Isle of Harris, Scotland