The site, situated on the Essex/Suffolk borders within the landscape immortalised by Constable was originally the home farm of the nearby estate, destroyed by fire in the 1950s. It consists of a collection of farm buildings forming a courtyard. The centrepiece of the site with views over the rural landscape is a large barn of cathedral-like proportions. Cruciform in plan with a collection of smaller spaces surrounding it, the arrangement sought to provide shelter for different farming activities under a single roof. The barn is a Listed structure and the contemporary refurbishment required lengthy agreements with the local planning authorities.
▼谷仓改建住宅，Barn renovate to a house
▼建筑入口和停车棚，Entrance View and Parking Area
▼屋顶被设计为“暖屋顶结构”，其所有隔热材料都被放置于屋顶外部木材甲板的外延，the roof is a ‘warm roof construction’ meaning that all of the insulation is located on the exterior of the roof above a new timber deck.
▼平面以十字形为主，周边环绕着一些小空间，Cruciform in plan with a collection of smaller spaces surrounding it
▼ 超大的定制玻璃滑动门填补了斜脊山墙门廊的空洞，在庭院可以看到外部开阔的景观，Oversized bespoke glazed sliding doors fill the hipped gable porches, allowing views from the courtyard towards open fields
▼走廊-桦木面板的胶合板划分了空间，保证了浴室和睡眠空间的私密性，Corridor – Constructed from birch faced plywood sheets, they organise the spaces, providing privacy for bathrooms and sleeping areas.
A large component of the renovations consisted of the refurbishment of the roof. Roofing slates and timber materials were salvaged from the other agricultural structures on the site that were too decayed to be usefully renovated. In order to allow the existing structure to be viewed internally but still conform to modern standards of thermal performance, the roof is a ‘warm roof construction’ meaning that all of the insulation is located on the exterior of the roof above a new timber deck.
The external walls were insulated with sheep’s wool and clad with larch timber, which has been left to weather naturally. The original openings have been simply fenestrated with glazing set back from the external wall line. Oversized bespoke glazed sliding doors fill the hipped gable porches, allowing views from the courtyard towards open fields. Two three- metre square roof lights allow day light deep into the interior of the eight-metre tall central spaces.
It was decided early on during the design process to keep the spaces as open plan as possible. Where necessary partitions and screens are designed as over scaled freestanding furniture. Constructed from birch faced plywood sheets, they organise the spaces, providing privacy for bathrooms and sleeping areas.
Polished concrete flooring flows throughout with 10mm floor joints aligning with the spatial demarcation. A biomass boiler is assisted by a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system that recirculates warm air stacking in the taller spaces. Landscaping and planting reflects the internal spaces and is kept simple with wildflower planting and brick paving salvaged from the existing barn complex.
Location of project: Suffolk, CO10
Type of project: Barn Conversion
Contract: Client as project manager
Construction dates: 2014-2016
Team members: Architect: David Nossiter Architects
Structural Engineer: AFP Consult Ltd
Photography: Steve Lancefield