The existing property consisted of a Grade 2 listed double fronted Victorian house. Connected to the house was a disused cattle shed and beyond that a ruin, which was a former parchment factory and a scheduled monument. Originally, the client’s initial brief was to convert the cattle shed and demolish the ruin to make way for a new extension. However, The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects instead turns it into a positive design advantage with a sensitive but well-conceived intervention.
Ph. Johan Dehlin
Instead of demolishing the ruin, Will Gamble Architects proposed a building within a building, where two lightweight volumes could be delicately inserted within the masonry walls in order to preserve and celebrate it.
A palette of honest materials was chosen both internally and externally which references the site’s history and the surrounding rural context. Externally, corten steel, oak, and reclaimed brick was used. The extension was built out of up-cycled materials predominantly found on the site, which was both cost-effective and sustainable while allowing the proposal to sensitively blend into its surroundings.
Internally the structural beams of the existing cattle shed were exposed as well as the steelwork to the new parts. The stone walls were re-pointed and washed in lime to create a mottled effect and a concrete plinth was cast along the base to create a monolithic skirting.
Ph. Johan Dehlin
DATE: 2019 / LOCATION: Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom / AREA: m2 (built) / PROGRAM: Private House / STATUS: built / DESIGN: Will Gamble Architects / PHOTOS: Will Gamble Architects, Johan Dehlin