Culardoch Shieling in the Cairngorms National Park

Culardoch Shieling, Cairngorms National Park Hut, Scottish Highlands Mountain Shelter, Architecture Images

Culardoch Shieling in the Cairngorms

Contemporary Mountain Shelter in Glen Gairn, Northern Scotland – design by Moxon Architects

31 May 2017

Culardoch Shieling Hut

Design: Moxon Architects

Culardoch Shieling – Lunch Hut

Culardoch Shieling

Moxon Architects design modernist inspired highland hut

Culardoch Shieling

Culardoch Shieling, a mountain hut in Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands, has been completed by Moxon Architects. Located at the foot of Culardoch, the remote new shieling (Scottish Gaelic term for hut) looks out across the expanse of the scenic upper Glen Gairn.

Culardoch Shieling

Culardoch Shieling

Measuring just 47m2, the building is a contemporary interpretation of humble structures such as traditional Scottish crofts and shepherds’ huts or Swiss Alpine shacks. Commissioned by the client as a unique place for entertaining on their highland estate, the hut is fitted with a long table for hosting these social gatherings.

Culardoch Shieling

Culardoch Shieling

Moxon’s design maximises the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, whilst ensuring that the all–wood structure has minimal impact on the terrain itself. The structure comprises a simple cruck (curved timber) frame with deeply overhanging eaves and a roof covered in heather, moss and stone. This serves to camouflage the hut in the highland mountain range when viewed from above.

Culardoch Shieling

Culardoch Shieling

As well as taking cues from vernacular shelters, the design is informed by 20th century modernism. The monolithic form references the work of Alvar Aalto, whilst the irregular cut- out windows are a nod to Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame Du Haut church at Ronchamp. At the shieling, the window arrangement is used to precisely frame views out to particular landscape features such as the granite tors on the top of Ben Avon or a bend in the river Gairn. This composition also ensures a desired degree of privacy for the clients’ gatherings.

Culardoch Shieling

Inside, the hut is clad in spruce throughout. A wood burning stove ensures that visitors are able to enjoy the hut for long periods at a time in the winter months. “The hut was commissioned as an escape. Our design strives to be humble and humane but is also precise, playful and sophisticated,” says Ben Addy of Moxon Architects.

Culardoch Shieling

Photography: Ben Addy

Culardoch Shieling in the Cairngorms National Park images / information from Moxon Architects

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