This project for the renovation of a range of ancient stone dairy buildings includes a ceramic studio and living accommodation. The original structures form a long, telescoping sequence which follows the river bounding the site, separated from the water by a lawn of deep moss and framed by a dense thicket of hawthorn and fuchsia. The façades of the old buildings effectively form a kind of private “street”, accessed only on foot.
The new element runs parallel between these stone sheds and the steep hillside behind. The form of the roof mirrors the slope of the land and has a moss covering. The form is completed by a glazed wall facing south, subtending the landscape below the horizon so that it fills the whole window. In this way the building mediates between two topographies, effecting a transition from the sheltered world of the riverbank to the rake of the wider valley behind.