If you miss the good old days when life was simpler and greener, you'll love this project. A collection of charming agricultural-style buildings replace an old garage and piggery in a small Northamptonshire village in the UK. Ashworth Parkes Architects designed a 'studio' building with catering facilities where the clients can spend their weekends. The compound includes garden storage, a carport and a greenhouse.
The architects demolished the existing buildings, using some of their outlines to create a series of new walls or various heights and orientations. They used local coursed limestone to build the main house and a range of other agricultural materials such as sawn larch timber, corrugated aluminium and Corten steel.
The interior references the random width vertical cladding of the exterior. On the inside, the same material was planed and treated with a lye and a wax finish to maintain its color. It is butt jointed to allow the timber to move and natural cracks and undulations to appear across the boards.
Photos by Justin Paget