The brief was to replace a series of redundant agricultural buildings with three distinct and simple structures which are interlinked to provide a flexible multi-generational house or a main house with lettable accommodation. Unit 1 is the main three bedroom house, Units 2 and 3 are one bedroom houses.
The forms of the buildings are traditional but the materials, openings and detailing is thoroughly modern and hints at the agricultural context of the site. The three distinct but related roof profiles help to differentiate between the Units. The design is rational, pure and elegant.
Breaking down the required accommodation into three forms rather than one helps to reduce the scale of the proposal. Each of the built forms has its own screened and private garden area. However, these gardens also open up onto a proposed shared fruit orchard to the south and west of the site.
The materials proposed for the buildings include zinc roofing and porches; timber wall cladding and shutters/screens; aluminium windows and doors; and steel rainwater goods. Timber is proposed for most of the external works – decking, privacy screens, fencing, stores etc.