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Ladlecombe by Found Associates

[MANSER MEDAL 2012] A modern interpretation of the local vernacular

This house has an idyllic setting overlooking a lake, concealed in a secret valley on the edge of the Cotswolds. It is a project of great simplicity, in terms of materials and strategy. At the same time, it has considerable sophistication due to its theatrical approach to space and light, with both framed and expansive views and contrasting spatial events.

Externally, the house is formed of dry stone walls, a modern interpretation of the local vernacular, with sloping grass roofs that bury the house into the hillside. Internally, the house is almost entirely of one material: floors, walls and ceilings are all formed out of a beautiful concrete. The warm tone of the local aggregates and sands creates a material that harmonises with the stone of the cottage and the new dry stone walls.

This project demonstrates a deep understanding of the site, with the retention and immaculate restoration of the cottage adding to the richness of the overall project. Throughout, the strong and elegant diagram is reinforced with a disciplined and considered approach to each component. The use of materials, detailing and construction is flawless. This is architecture that will only improve as the landscape matures and the dry stone weathers.

RIBA Award, South West

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