Have you ever seen a cow shed that looked like this? London-based architecture firm A-Zero transformed old farm buildings near Leighton Buzzard into a home for a young family. Instead of demolishing the existing structure, the architects decided to include parts of an old cow shed into the structure of the new oak frame house in England. And we think the result is outstanding.
The architects decided to keep the six-foot-high brick perimeter walls of the building and combine the existing steel frame with the new timber frame, creating a sheltered courtyard on one side. In order to achieve air tightness, the design team then created a hybrid structure that combines prefab oak frames, existing steel frames and layers of insulation covered with brickwork and British larch cladding. Around 90 percent of the old steel frame was preserved and finished with red paint. Large windows were positioned on the ground floor of the south-facing façade, which contributes to the passive sustainability of the house.
The ground floor houses the living area, dining room, kitchen and a sitting area while the upper floor houses four bedrooms accessed via two small lobbies. A spacious master bedroom includes a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. Not bad for a cow shed, eh?