CONSERVATION CHALLENGES FOR MID-20TH CENTURY HOUSES IN PERIPHERAL SCOTLAND THREE CASE STUDIES OF MODERNIST HOUSES BY THREE SCOTTISH ARCHITECTS

Carsten Hermann

Whilst Scotland’s postwar urban planning and mass housing are well documented, the historiography of mid-20th century architecture consists otherwise of relatively few monographs on renowned architects. The history of architect-designed houses is insufficiently researched, despite the existence several outstanding buildings scattered across the country. This paper discusses three such Modernist houses, erected between 1959 – 1963 at seaside locations in remote Scotland, and reflects on how their remoteness influences their upkeep and use. All designed by well-known architects, the houses are Port Murray by Peter Womersley (recently demolished), Tigh an Uisge by Morris & Steedman and Tiagh Biorach by John Hardie Glover.

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