The derelict barn dating back from 1860 and used for the last 150 years as a grain store has now been converted into an elegant and timeless 4 bedroom family house and work studio. Sensitivity to the locality and to the existing framework of the building formed a delicate brief between new architecture and old history.
A new building was slid into the extrusion of the existing space, respecting the frame and roof of the original barn. A vast fully triple glazed gable end with a panoramic view of the local countryside forms the end point of a journey through an open plan 250m2 ground floor space. Cut-outs up to the upper level form triple height spaces of living and entertaining areas. Centralised air, vacuum, security, data and lighting control enhance the use of spaces. Natural and organic materials were used wherever possible.
This project has won the following design awards :
- Daily Telegraph / Homebuilding and Renovating Award – Overall Winner
- Daily Telegraph / Homebuilding and Renovating Award – Conversion Winners
- RIBA Spirit of Ingenuity Award
- Bedfordshire Association of Architects Award
- BIAT Architecture Design Award
- International FX Design Award
- Bentley Cars : Daily Mail International Property Award
- Grand Design Award Finalist