Corrugated aluminium “shack” worth £110k in line for top award


A CORRUGATED metal “shack” has been shortlisted for the country’s most prestigious architecture award.

The “Tinhouse” – which is actually made from corrugated aluminium – cost just £110,000 to build and is inspired by nearby farm buildings.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) said the one-bedroom home “celebrated the use of…metal sheeting in agricultural buildings in a contemporary way”.

And despite its humble design origins, the Tinhouse commands rent of up £1,300 on Airbnb.


The Tin House cost just £110,000 to build ((c)Nigel Rigden)


The property in Glendale, Skye, boasts exceptional views over the Minch to the Outer Hebrides. Inside, there is WiFi, a bluetooth music system, and large screen smart TV.

It is one of 27 projects which have been nominated The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awards.

Prices for staying in the quirky accommodation range from £795 during winter and spring up to £1095 in the summer months.

However, if you wanted to stay in the Tinhouse over Christmas and new year, it will cost a staggering £1,295.


It boasts a stunning view and location ((c)Nigel Rigden)


Designed and built by the founders of Rural Design Architects, Gill Smith and Alan Dickson, the materials specifically chosen to allow the build to be completed by one person.

Speaking about the nomination Mr Dickson said: “This is great. Tinhouse has been such a big part of our lives for the past few years.

“Not only are we owners, we designed it and we also built it ourselves. We have poured so much energy into the project that it is great to get this recognition.”

Judges overseeing the highly prized award said the house celebrated the used of traditional materials.


Despite not costing a lot to build, the design is modern and stylish inside ((c)Nigel Rigden)They said: “Tinhouse celebrates the corrugated metal sheeting commonly used in agricultural buildings in a contemporary way.


The Tinshack’s £110,000 price tag is a 45th of the £4.9m cost of the National Theatre of Scotland in Glasgow, which has also been nominated.

High-profile petrochemical company Ineos with their new ultra modern headquarter building in Grangemouth, Falkirk, are also vying for the prize.

The winners will be announced in June 10 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.