This outline study was centred on Cawdor village in Inverness-shire, an area where demand for housing is rapidly rising, and the village is dealing with pressure to expand beyond its historically modest scale.
The village has no single centre, but rather a number of dispersed ones: at the old main street, the church, the village green, and the inn. The proposal attempts to strengthen the existing structure by creating a series of new intimate places, linked to the existing ones by new pedestrian routes, and rational vehicular ones. These new centres will be formed at the school, which will face into a village green (the integration of the school into the village being key) and alongside any new commercial facilities.
The form for the new homes uses a simple modern vernacular, engaging with street edges and enclosing private space and with big opening windows to the south. This pattern seems both settled and inevitable, but also of its time.