Project to insert holiday accommodation into Grade II listed animal pound in open countryside.
A new building is set inside and away from the original listed enclosure and remains completely independent, as not to undermine or impact upon the existing structure.
Sunken down below ground level, all new accommodation stays below the level of original walls, and so has no visible impact upon the surrounding landscape.
Inside, a distinction between old and new will be clearly discernible. The new intervention will be purposefully contrasted using a palate of complimentary materials. Principally, the external envelope will be constructed using stone filled gabion baskets as an outer skin, The intention is to create a simple enclosure, which reads visually as a series of gabion walls around two and a half sides. Sunken into the Pinfold’s internal topography, over time these walls will host a low level vegetation, gradually blurring the distinction between building and landscape.
In contrast, the fourth elevation is extensively glazed along the building front. A large glazed opening to the rear, permits views right through the accommodation, framing views onto the beautiful original masonry, making this an integral feature of the new interior without touching the Pinfold in any way.
Accommodation is compact. The single level contains an open plan living, kitchen, dining area. Care has been taken to plan efficiently and utilise the limited aspect to maintain visible connection to the external space at all times.