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Soup Architects extends Foster's rural revamp

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + DATA] Soup Architects has polished off the overhaul of a Grade II-listed stable block in Richmond, completing a project started by Foster + Partners

The firm, which recently featured in the AJ’s New Practice column, has re-unified two residential units created when a wing of the Ham House stables was converted into two separate homes during the 1970s.

The client purchased one half of the Grade II-listed building in the late 1990s and employed Foster + Partners to rejuvenate the building. With the installation of a modern steel and glass structure wrapped around the existing oak frame they created a split level house spread over three floors.

This latest project extends the original Foster + Partners concept into the second half of the property, which was purchased in the mid 2000s to house the client’s growing family.

Internally the architects have cleared away earlier interventions to provide additional living areas, the master bedroom has been brought down to the mezzanine level to create a private suite, and the children’s bedrooms have been reconfigured on the upper roof level.

The existing internal oak structure has been retained and the property’s landmark chimney attached to the southern elevation has been restored.

Architect’s view

Patrick Walls, director, SOUP Architects

The success of this long-term project is mainly attributable to the synergy of our client and this unique site. After purchasing one half of the Grade II Listed building in the 1990’s, the clients commissioned Foster + Partners to carry out a modern reworking of the internal space. The client then purchased the second half of the building and set us the challenge of untangling the warren of spaces in this section to create an enlarged family home.

Our proposals have expanded Foster’s original concept to create a unifying, coherent series of spaces, which embraces many of the intricacies of the Jacobean building and the drama of a modern intervention.

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See images drawings and details of The Oaks by SOUP Architects

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