Eagle Rock, Lochaline, Argyll
Eagle Rock distills lessons learned from over forty years designing over 1000 private houses. Designed by Roderick James and his wife, Amanda, together with Mike Hope the senior partner in Roderick James Architects LLP .
A 400m2 four bedroom, four bathroom, elliptical plan house with 20 mile panoramic views from all rooms down the Sound of Mull. The house nestles into the high landscape with sedum and lead roofs, lime-harled battered walls, 450mm recycled newspaper insulation, and an internal Douglas Fir glulam structural frame designed by Mike Hope and engineered by WMA.
The house is heated by a wet underfloor heating system with floor pipes laid only 100mm apart for maximum efficiency. A bank of 15kW pholto-voltaic panels provides a substantial proportion of its power requirements throughout the year, supplemented by an 8kW air source heat pump, two woodstoves and off-peak electricity.
The house achieves 100% on its environmental impact rating and 99% for energy efficiency. It has triple glazed, low-e, argon filled Velfac windows throughout.
The house incorporates a large living room with kitchen at one end, four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a large elliptical three storey glazed galleried courtyard with curving concrete arched staircases, cinema, library, music and games spaces. Two cloakrooms, laundry and a cold larder complete the accomodation.
Eagle Rock has performed exceptionally well throughout the cold winter and receives widespread acclaim. We have been very pleased to have worked with WMA on this groundbreaking design.