We were approached to develop proposals for the development of a small farm holding on the outskirts of an historic village in East Anglia. The existing buildings comprise a clunch barn dating from the mid 19th century, a listed timber framed detached house, the farmhouse which was built in the 1960s and various ancilliary buildings.
The development of the site will increase its built density, and the careful placement and orientation of the individual buildings are the principal ways by which the houses declare themselves as belonging to the village. The existing buildings are spread rather thinly along the road so the new houses are conceived as fillings which define the street and the threshold between the village and the open paddocks more clearly. Continuing this idea tectonically, the visual and material qualities of the existing buildings within the local Conservation Areas have been reinterpreted to produce buildings which are modern and practical additions to the village and landscape.