The site is located in greenbelt countryside and comprises a small group of agricultural buildings. The brief for the Manchester based architects, Andrew Wallace, involved the conversion of the grade two listed barn into a four bedroom family residence with a new building to house a swimming pool attached, as well as the refurbishment of the adjacent farmhouse as a residence for a younger family member.
Large areas of glazing were introduced to create ‘voids’ that reflect the character and appearance of an open barn or agricultural shed. These new glazing elements respect the original features of the existing while allowing light deep into the barn to suit modern living.
Existing architectural archaeology such as the stone arched openings and timber roof trusses within the main building have been retained; where new elements are inserted they appear light, modern and subservient to the existing.
The overall concept for both buildings was to deal with the restoration of listed buildings of considerable character in a sympathetic but imaginative way, using a mixture of modern and traditional materials and forms to produce exciting and attractive contemporary buildings that sit comfortably on the site.