All-encompassing renovation of a farmhouse home. The client asked for a smart intervention to fully update the house to a contemporary home. To turn it into a healthy and very comfortable home. And – very importantly – transform it into an energyneutral home.
From the outset the challenge was to address conflicting aims of renewal and conservation. Therefore – we proposed to preserve the characteristic elongated shape of the farmhouse. And to solve the majority of issues in a single but dramatic gesture – we removed a central part of the house and replaced it with a double-height, central open space.
Heart of the house
This large space is the new heart of the home around which all rooms are organised, on the ground and on the first floor. The space’s partly glazed skin brings abundant daylight into the heart and adjacent rooms. Whilst timber louvres on the roof prevent direct sunlight to enter the house. The new space not only links up all rooms but also links beautifully to the large surrounding garden.