Lewis building recognised in architecture awards

House at Linsiadar, Isle of Lewis, designed by Studio KAP, received a commendation in the Open Award for Best New Building in the Highland and Islands. Photo - Keith Hunter Photography
House at Linsiadar, Isle of Lewis, designed by Studio KAP, received a commendation in the Open Award for Best New Building in the Highland and Islands. Photo - Keith Hunter Photography
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A house at Linsiadar, Isle of Lewis, designed by Studio KAP, has received a commendation in the Open Award for Best New Building in the Highland and Islands.

The Highland and Islands architecture and design awards were presented by well-know comedian Fred MacAulay at a ceremony and awards dinner at the Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion on Friday night (9thNovember).

Chairman of the judges said: “We were hugely impressed by the standard of entries across all of the categories this year, they really were superb.

“We felt this was a fascinating and confident design. There was a really interesting floor plan and internal spaces which were designed to exploit the views on the horizon.”

The IAA architectural and design awards have been held every two years since 2008. The awards aim to raise awareness of the importance of good design and architecture.

Organised by Inverness Architectural Association – the chapter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects that covers the Highlands and Islands – they feature a range of categories, including prizes for best new building and best restoration.

The Open Award for Best New Building in the Highlands and Islands was shared by Highland Council architects for Milton of Leys Primary School and Dualchas Building Design for a house at 15 Boreraig, Duirinish, Isle of Skye. Bogbain Mill by Rural Design Architects received a commendation in the same category.

The conversion of Fort Augustus Abbey into the Highland Club won the prize for Best New Life for Old Buildings for LDN Architects.