Scott House, County Down Coast

This unique site is located at the entrance to the ’Kingdom of Mourne’ on the spectacular coast road between Newcastle and Annalong. The site is at the base of Northern Ireland’s highest mountain Slieve Donard, yards from the shore of the Irish Sea.

Rapport Architects were asked to design a private home taking advantage of the views to the Isle of Mann and to Scotland beyond.

The result is a two storey, four bedroom luxury home. The conventional house layout is ‘flipped’ upside down so that the bedroom quarters are at lower level within a solid stone base, and the glazed living spaces sit on top in a U-shape that provides an outdoor terrace at its centre.

The building appears to precariously ‘perch’ on the rocks above the water, and the form of the upper level group of buildings evokes the traditional ‘clachan’ grouping of buildings. It utilises a number of technologies to reduce the energy requirements of the house, including a ground source heat pump.

The house was completed in early 2011 and won the BBC’s prestigious ‘House of the Year’ award in the same year, in a ceremony at the Ulster Museum.

Scott House, County Down Coast
Scott House, County Down Coast
Scott House, County Down Coast