A cookery college is housed behind the glazed facade of this modern shed, not too long ago completed by Satellite Architects at the headquarters of British Television programme River Cottage .

River Cottage HQ

Positioned in Devon, south-west England, the River Cottage Cookery School is 1 of 5 buildings that will make up the new headquarters for the business that has constructed up all around the programme.

Fronted by chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, River Cottage aims to promote sustainable farming and cooking.

River Cottage HQ

So far Satellite Architects has renovated 3 present structures, but the cookery school is the 1st new addition to the rural internet site.

It comprises a single-storey gabled structure featuring corrugated cladding, an informal colonnade, and a wall of glazing dealing with out over the surrounding countryside.

River Cottage HQ

The aim was to create a contemporary constructing that references the language of agricultural barns and sheds.

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“The project combines restoration and refurbishment of a conventional vernacular with a selection of new high-good quality created buildings that make use of sustainable resources and technologies,” explained architect and studio founder Stewart Dodd.

River Cottage HQ

“The new HQ will unite contemporary ecological architecture, built with local resources and regional labour, with the unique Devon architectural character of the present farm buildings,” he explained.


Panels of corrugated fibre cement produce a ridged surface across the walls and roof of the constructing. Behind this, a wooden structure of Douglas fir columns and trusses is left exposed, while internal surfaces are lined with larch.

River Cottage HQ

“We utilised neighborhood labour to remain true to the authentic buildings, using locally sourced sustainable materials,” added Dodd.


Wooden islands with stainless steel surfaces, cooking hobs, ovens and fridges furnish the creating – creating the workspaces for cookery classes with an emphasis on local, seasonal produce and a “nose-to-tail” method.


Pendant lights hang down from the ceiling to highlight every single workspace. There is also a seating location along the glazed wall, providing guests a view of the landscape whilst they eat.


The last developing to be constructed on the website will be a guesthouse permitting cookery students to stay overnight.

The three already-comprehensive renovations include the restoration of a historic villa, the conversion of a derelict barn into an occasions room, and the adaption of an previous shed into a utilities constructing.


“It was a masterplan from the outset,” explained Dodd. “Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his fellow directors asked us to come up with a prolonged-term growth prepare for a extremely environmentally sustainable strategy to creating in a rural setting.”

Photography is by Alex Campbell.

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