The Clients brief was straightforward in that they wanted a modern building that was economic to run with four bedrooms and an interest in Minimalism. The site borders a conservation area in a rural country town in Somerset. our approach to the design was to use the given site to dictate the Form while allowing the materials to help blend the building into the historic context of the site. The building sits alongside an old bacon factory which has been converted into flats. Corten steel was chosen to echo the industrial heritage of the site while sitting comfortably with the stone wall of the old factory on the east boundary of the site. The steel cube is set back from the road and sits on top of the chard timber clad ground floor which overall shape infill’s the site from west to east. This has the affect of the top 2 floors or the cube seeming as though it is perched on the timber base which is further enhanced by projecting the northern end of the building over the front entrance. The design consists of a SIPs construction with Timber cladding on the ground floor and Corten steel cladding on the 1st and 2nd floors.
Photography: Louis Porter
Somerset Building Award 2014 Somerset Building preservation trust
Heating: air source heat pump with a combined heat recovery system