The proposals are a modern take on the Hampshire vernacular for rural architecture, understood as the ‘barn’ typology. The appearance of the new buildings sets them apart from their traditional counterparts as a series of contemporary office pavilions which provide a sense of enclosure to the original farmhouse building.
Planning consent was granted for this project in March 2016. The site is within the Adanac Business Park to the west of Southampton and forms part of the outline masterplan for the overall estate. Within the project site is a listed farmhouse building which is to be retained and converted to a small commercial use. The site context required a bespoke design solution for the new office building and the design is characterised by a contemporary take on the local ‘barn’ typology.
Drawing on the walled kitchen garden concept, the new built form is arranged around the existing farm house with a garden separating the new from the old. The architecture is characterised by the use of timber shingles to create a modern version of the local agricultural vernacular. The new buildings are set away from the original farmhouse so as not to encroach on the setting of the farm. The proposed arrangement of new buildings seeks to echo the characteristics of local farmsteads. The walled garden courtyard is designed to provide shared access and amenity space for the building users. By activating the space between new and old buildings the aim is to bring new purpose to the listed farmhouse building in a meaningful way.