A cylindrical tower clad in weathered steel types part of this extension to a 19th-century stone cottage in the English countryside, made to recall a gasworks that previously stood on the website.
Tasked with producing added room for the future requirements of the cottage’s owners, Chris Dyson Architects developed the annex to change a derelict gasworks that had once served a close by country residence.
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The property is situated in rural Gloucestershire, so the majority of the annex comprises a single-storey 120-square-metre structure influenced by standard vernacular barn buildings. The two-storey tower sits alongside, evoking the physical appearance of a fuel storage cylinder.
Each structures are clad with rusty Corten steel, intended to reinforce the visual connection among past and present. Corrugated steel sheets form the walls and roof of the new addition, even though the tower is clad in curving panels.
“The steel envelope sits on a sustainably sourced timber frame and pays homage to the building’s industrial past, even though generating a striking contrast to the principal developing,” said the studio in a statement.
“The new annex is deliberately distinct from its surroundings but with imaginative use of supplies and massing functions gently with the landscape encircling an external courtyard.”
A glazed corridor with a pitched roof connects the kitchen of the existing cottage with 4 bedrooms contained in the single-storey extension.
Doors integrated into the glazing open the room out to a horseshoe-shaped courtyard at the rear of the creating.
The corridor’s curved wall follows the line of a circular brick pit from the gasworks that was filled in to generate the courtyard. A big valve and pipes that emerge from the ground close to the main property offer a symbolic remnant of its former use.
The bedrooms are arranged close to the finish of the courtyard and look out on the opposite side towards the surrounding woodland. Large skylights in the sloping ceilings fill these rooms with all-natural light.
Brilliant en suite bathrooms with shower regions enclosed by glass bricks are linked to massive dressing rooms.
The tower includes two levels of research spaces. A wooden staircase at the end of the glass-lined corridor ascends to the very first floor, and is illuminated by a narrow skylight.
Vertical windows inserted into the circumference of the tower also allow views by means of from the courtyard to the countryside past.
Photography is by Peter Landers.
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