Evans Vettori Architects: Funeral Directors Premises, Matlock, Derbyshire
Evans Vettori’s neat addition to this funeral director’s premises provided the expanding business with a hearse garage, workshop space and more offices. The design is conceived as a ‘boat-house’, with workshop below and offices above. Stone is used up to first-storey level – helping it meet local conservation area guidelines – with larch cladding above. Extruded box windows interrupt the cladding at the gable end. The building is deliberately discreet, though the comings and goings of hearses hint at its actual use.