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Go-ahead for Jonathan Hendry's 'medieval' homes scheme

Jonathan Hendry Architects has won planning permission for eight houses in the village of Waltham, north-east Lincolnshire

Based on the idea of ‘a medieval walled garden’, the buildings’ simplistic detailing references English garden cottages.

Work is expected to start on site later this year.


The architect’s view

Our aim was to create a new piece of village. A place that has unique characteristic’s appropriate for its location and context.

The design is arranged around a group of intimate enclosed kitchen gardens. Walls define space and create thresholds; they provide shelter, security, privacy and a place to grow plants against or kick a ball within. They form an intimate place defined by a wall containing a garden.

The first dwelling to be seen on entering the development has the appearance of a gardeners cottage; an entrance to a walled garden on a country estate.

The buildings simplistic detailing and fenestration with the use of natural materials make an analogy to English garden cottages; dwellings that age gracefully and timelessly.

The buildings rise above the wall with glistening terracotta tiles, a character inherent in the existing roofscape of this part of the village.

Every dwelling opens onto a south facing garden where the extensive use of glass makes the dwelling feel like a room within a garden. A second garden courtyard provides a walled allotment isolated from the dwelling and the domestic intimacy of the interiors.

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