The appointed service is to achieve planning approval before developing a detail design package. The brief has changed several times during the design phase, and so the building has gone through a number of changes but the client has committed to the schedule of a 3-bedroom house with a main entertainment hall.
The barn is Grade 2 listed with a series of ancillary buildings adjoining it. Some are made up from elements taken from the near by castle whilst others are modern concrete block and timber lean too structures that have evolved over the barns use as a agricultural steading. Livestock feeding troughs, straw stores and a farmer’s cottage make up the collection of out buildings.
Understanding the agricultural vernacular was a key principal in developing a modern proposal that fitted with the context and could justify modern materials and forms. Establishing a hierarchy of timber cladding and constructing techniques connected together by a roof that allows for the same structural detailing to run throughout the new extension. This varied aesthetic but simple form of the existing structures is shown respect whilst allowing for a connection with the surrounding meadow. Retaining single functions in each section was important to again reflect the agricultural vernacular. The main barn has no fixed walls or permanent furniture to allow it to have the same flexibility as the its original function intended.
Location – Hinton Charterhouse, Wiltshire
Type – Conversion
Status – Planning
Client – Private
Role – Lead Designer