Worker’s Cottage

  • Public Commission
  • Isle of Mull
  • Dec 2011

Roots Design Workshop have developed a sustainable design for a small 1 Bedroom/2 Person island cottage, suitable for temporary or seasonal accommdation.  The 35m2 building is shown here in a small terrace though it could easily function as a detached or semi-detached building.

A variety of cladding options are also possible.  The simple form, small scale and architectural language make it suitable for most rural sites.  The compact and efficient layout contains a fully fitted Bathroom and Kitchen, with a Dining / Living space on the ground floor with a stair leads to the first floor Bedroom and store.

The building will be constructed using pre-fabricated manufacturing techniques making it durable, and more cost effective to build.  air tight detailing and a highly specified insulated fabric will also make it cheap to live in.  This will be enhanced by an integrated space and water heating system driven by an air source heat pump, solar panels and a solid fuel stove in the Living room.

The Worker’s Cottage is Roots Design Workshop’s attempt to design a genuinely affordable house for new living patterns in rural Scotland.


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Roots Design Workshop provides professional design, technical and project management services. We specialise in modern interpretations of traditional buildings, and have particular expertise in renewable and energy efficient designs.

We work on both private and public building projects and with new and old buildings, and can provide services for Feasibility, Planning, Building Warrant, Specification and Construction stages. Our practice is accredited by recognised industry bodies, such as the Royal Institute for Architects in Scotland and the Architect’s Registration Board.

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Worker's Cottage