We were commissioned to design a new-build house to replace dilapidated barns within a farm estate in Shropshire. The brief was to create a generous but easy-to-manage dwelling for a couple to occupy as they reach old age, allowing them to stay on their land but to pass on the main house to their children.
Within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the project successfully received planning permission despite its location outside the village envelope, due to the careful design and consideration of the landscape. Its informal and idiosyncratic range of pitched and barrel-vaulted roof profiles draws on the form of the barns it replaces. The house sits along the hedge line with no garden, borrowing the field landscape as its open space, allowing sheep to graze right up to the windows.