Studio McW brings “power of a London way of life” to rural home extension

March 9, 2023 by No Comments

English structure workplace Studio McW has added a collection of gabled extensions to an 18th-century home in Cambridgeshire, utilizing stone and timber to enhance the agricultural character of the prevailing constructing.

The studio, headed by architects David McGahon and Greg Walton, was tasked with modernising and increasing Follyfield home for a younger household, who relocated to the area from London.

18th-century stone home in Cambridgeshire with modern extension
Studio McW has added three extensions to an 18th-century home. Prime picture is by Lorenzo Zandri

As a part of the primary section of a multi-stage renovation undertaking, Studio McW added three gabled extensions to the prevailing property, which is situated in a conservation space close to Peterborough.

The additions differ in dimension and reply to the proportions of the prevailing home, fastidiously complementing the normal rural structure whereas introducing delicate modern particulars to fulfil the household’s want for a contemporary, cosmopolitan residence.

Gabled extension clad in bricks by Studio McW
The biggest extension is fashioned from clay bricks. Photograph is by Lorenzo Zandri

“We got down to make our purchasers’ transition from busy metropolis dwelling to a slower tempo within the countryside seamless,” stated Walton.

“Follyfield has been designed to instil the power of a London way of life into a rustic retreat, mixing collectively the most effective of each worlds.”

Zinc-clad extension by Studio McW at stone home in Cambridgeshire
This brick extension is related to the principle home by one other zinc-clad addition

“Working with conventional structure like Follyfield requires a respectful and inventive method to adapting it to modern-day (and future) power and way of life wants, a sensitivity we loved bringing to the undertaking,” he added.

The purchasers requested Studio McW to adapt the home to incorporate a hybrid kitchen and dwelling space, self-contained visitor lodging, an area to earn a living from home and an out of doors space for entertaining.

Free-standing stone garage clad in timber
The third extension is a free-standing storage. Photograph is by Lorenzo Zandi

The primary addition is a big extension constructed from clay bricks to tie in with the stone facade of the prevailing constructing. This quantity is related to the principle home by a zinc-clad gabled kitchen and dwelling house.

The third extension is a brand new free-standing storage constructed from reclaimed stone and pale timber that enhances the prevailing materials palette.

Open-plan kitchen in gabled residential extension
A vaulted ceiling with uncovered rafters frames the house’s new kitchen

Studio McW reorganised the big property across the 30-square-metre extension that accommodates the open-plan kitchen, dwelling and eating space.

Inside, the extension contains a vaulted ceiling with uncovered rafters and oak parquet flooring that gives a basis for black cabinetry and a concrete kitchen island solid in situ.

Full-height matte-black doorways line one facet of the house, concealing a utility room and a staircase main as much as a visitor suite that occupies the extension’s first flooring.

Open-plan living area in extension by Studio McW
The inside additionally homes an open-plan dwelling space

The brand new addition redefines the house’s flooring plan as an L-shape, responding to the purchasers’ request for improved spatial movement and a greater connection to the gardens designed by Claire Greener Landscapes.

The gardens goal to recreate the intimacy of a London terrace backyard and embody a brick patio with a water function, missed by an out of doors entertaining house that connects with the kitchen by means of sliding glass doorways.

Boot room within Cambridgeshire house extension
A brand new facet door and dust room provide various entry from the storage

The lobby on the centre of the unique constructing was retained as the house’s formal entrance. A brand new facet door and dust room provide various entry from the storage, which homes a self-contained visitor suite on its higher degree.

All through the undertaking, Studio McW utilized a palette of supplies chosen to enhance the prevailing buildings and their pure environment.

Slim-format clay bricks in a smooth sandstone color mix in with the unique masonry, whereas flush thresholds with chamfered wall detailing add a minimal, modern contact to the outside.

Rebecca Wakefield of Studio Fortnum was liable for the inside ornament, working in collaboration with Studio McW to create a scheme that’s in step with the constructing’s character and architectural ambitions.

White-walled interiors within Cambridgeshire house extension
Rebecca Wakefield of Studio Fortnum accomplished the inside design

Follyhouse is the primary regional undertaking to be accomplished by Studio McW, which works throughout completely different sectors together with residential and mixed-use schemes.

Beforehand, the follow has largely labored in London, changing a Hackney warehouse right into a minimalist live-work house and divvying up a house extension in Willesden Inexperienced with blocks of dark-stained oak joinery.

The pictures is by Mariell Lind Hansen until in any other case acknowledged.

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