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Furzey Hall Farm, by Waugh Thistleton Architects

MANSER MEDAL SHORTLIST Furzey Hall Farm is created from a three-storey Victorian Cotswold stone farm cottage and an adjacent barn.

Imaginative clients collaborated with architect friends on a design that links the two old buildings with an elegant new single-storey timber and glass building. The ‘L’-shaped link encloses two sides of the garden and houses a generous open-plan kitchen, dining areas and a new guest suite.

Simple materials have been used confidently throughout; the original elm trusses are retained and stone walls left exposed at the barn’s gable ends. The barn’s original character is juxtaposed with bold modern interventions such as a folded steel staircase.

The project is true to its origins, with snug sitting rooms and cellular bedrooms retained in the cottage and open-plan living in the barn. The owners achieved what they wanted while retaining the architectural integrity of some good rural buildings.

Credits

Architect Waugh Thistleton Architects
Client confidential
Contractor MS Building & Renovations
Structural engineer Elliot Wood Partnership
Services engineer Michael Popper Associates
Pool design Clear Water Revival
Pool contractor Graduate Gardeners
Contract value £949,110
Date of completion June 2009
Gross internal area 442m2

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