ASHWORTH PARKES ARCHITECTS : These beautifully crafted spaces each have a distinct character reflected in material usage and detailing, working on multiple levels to form a beautiful, elegant ‘extension’ to the house that sits perfectly in the landscape, whilst opening up and exploiting the views from the main house to the paddock and meadow beyond.
The brief asked for the demolition of an existing garage, a garden store and the remains of an old piggery. In their place, the client asked for a ‘studio building’ with catering facilities and a bathroom, where they might ‘go away’ for the weekend, a garden storage building with room for an office at one end, a carport to replace the garage and a greenhouse.
The four elements that comprise the scheme work together seamlessly to reflect the agricultural typology, yet each maintains its own identity through the different use of a limited palette of affordable materials. Large timber shingles, corten steel, irregular timber slats and metal roofs create a refined rustic appearance that continue through to the minimal but beautiful and well-designed interiors.
The buildings are grounded within a horizontal plane of reclaimed bricks that link the buildings together and extend as a new pathway, past the formal garden and back to the main house. The carport has a wild flower roof cantilevering over it that forms a seamless extension to the formal garden when viewed from the master bedroom at first floor level in the main house.
The simple forms of the buildings are enriched by beautifully considered details, sustainable sourcing of materials and a design that minimises material wastage.