All-encompassing renovation of an outdated private dwelling – in a previous life a functioning farmhouse.
From the outset the challenge was to address conflicting aims of renewal and conservation. We proposed to preserve the characteristic elongated shape of the farmhouse and solve the majority of issues in a single but dramatic gesture – we removed a central chunk of the house and replaced it with a timber clad void.
This void is the new heart of the house around which all rooms are organised, on the ground and on the first floor. The void’s partly glazed skin brings abundant daylight to the void and adjacent rooms. Timber louvres prevent direct sunlight to enter the house. The new heart of the house links beautifully to the large surrounding garden.