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Furzey Hall Farm, by Waugh Thistleton Architects

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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.


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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