The Brotherton Barn project by The Anderson Orr Partnership in Pusey, Oxfordshire, England is not a common building transformation. According to the architecture team, the brief was to “sympathetically integrate a contemporary open design within the envelope of the original Grade II Listed Barn with an effortless connection between the open plan living area and the secluded master bedroom suite without detracting from the height and volume of the vaulted spaces of the barn”.
The solution was original to say the least: instead of building upwards, the project developers created new living space by digging in the ground.The interiors are thus spacious, with natural light making its way in through the rustic windows of the barn. Exposed wooden beams and add dynamics and warmth to the social zones. A connection between the open plan living area and the master bedroom suite was achieved through a floating staircase and a miniature art gallery.
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.
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