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Situated on the edge of Rannoch Moor and Glencoe, nestling under Buachaille Etive Mòr, and on The West Highland Way lies the famous Kingshouse Hotel, dating from the 1700’s. The services and infrastructure for the hotel were failing badly and in need of total reconstruction. The Bunkhouse and The Way Inn are the first phase of this reconstruction, providing 30 bed spaces and good refreshments.
The sensitivity of the Bunkhouse design was key to gaining Planning Approval in this iconic landscape. The roof pitch is above 45˚ and the apparently narrow width of building gives is a sympathetic scale. The roof is of corrugated iron and the walls are clad with untreated larch that will age over time and respond to the adjacent trees. The building is insulated to a very high standard and equipped with heat recovery system to reduce the carbon generated over its life time. Construction on the moor was not simple, due to considerable depths of peat, rocks and of course midges.
Internally, murals have been painted in the public spaces by students who gained inspiration from the surrounding landscapes. The murals were a joint project with Edinburgh College of Art.
The Way Inn, is a temporary adaptation of an existing staff block, using off cuts and waste material from the Bunkhouse, reusing furniture and other fittings from the hotel.
The Bunkhouse and The Way Inn create an informal triangular courtyard for walkers of the West Highland Way to rest and refuel, before resuming their trek, if they are not staying the night. Granite boulders encountered during construction define this space and provide seating or support for backpacks.