We know you guys love striking home conversions, which is why today we would like to present this listed tower in the UK transformed by London-based studio De Matos Ryan into a modern family home. Located in Glouchestershire, a county in South West England, UK, The Round Tower is said to be a Grade II Listed folly, which had been neglected over the years and reduced to ruin. Here is more from the architects: “The design approach maintains the open relationship with the surrounding agricultural landscape by developing a discreet and substantial underground extension to the tower. This underground extension provides the main open plan living spaces and is lit by both a central open sunken courtyard and a lateral landscape scoop concealing the new swimming pool and associated sun terraces from public view. The listed tower remains clearly the dominant structure, providing the front door to the 4 bedroom family house and the means of vertical circulation.” Located on the highest part of a hill, the tower also provides lovely panoramic views of the neighboring picturesque village. How do you find this association between the old tower and contemporary home extension (plus pool) ?
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.