Community Living Room
The living room is the heart of the home, while the Community Living Room will encompass South Uist’s heart. It will bring the multi-generational community under one roof.
South Uist sits at the bottom of a 100-mile stretch of islands forming the Outer Hebrides, to the extreme Northwest of mainland Scotland. The Community Living Room was conceived as a solution to social issues facing the community of South Uist. The Community Living Room will act as a centralised contemporary space, influenced by the traditional black houses, where locals gather to share oral tradition and knowledge through storytelling and Gaelic song. This project aims to accommodate and preserve the unique and storied history of South Uist whilst tackling the loneliness and isolation faced by members of its rural island community.
The living room is the heart of the home, while the Community Living Room will encompass South Uist’s heart. It will bring the multi-generational community under one roof, providing a centralised social space with leisure, recreation, and learning facilities while accommodating well-being services to tackle loneliness. The foyer will become the ‘living room’ for mixed-age integration with adjoining corridors and spaces representing smaller nooks within a living room, i.e. a reading corner. Various functions and rooms will overlap, spilling into one another to create an extension of the living room, merging spaces to promote multi-generational socialising.