The extension and reorganisation of a Grade II Listed villa to create accommodation appropriate to 21st Century living while respecting the importance and character of the original 18th Century villa.
A rigorous historic study revealed an almost identical translation of scale and proportion within the original house to that of Andrea Palladio’s ‘Villa with superimposed Portico’ from book four of ‘I quattro libri dell’architettura’. The original architect, John Palmer, appearing to have developed the 1790 design of the house to conform to these rules.
A series of modest and sensitive interventions were proposed to restore the original plan form, removing a clutter of previous poorly conceived extensions. A contemporary loggia space, conceived of the same ruling geometry of the existing house, was added in place of an earlier garden structure. The new loggia opens up the living space and reunites the house with its garden.
A Study in Stonework
Bath Ashlar stone was selected for the project from a quarry less than five miles from the site. Rather than being relegated to a facing wallpaper the structural potential of the stone was exploited, forming both the load bearing internal and external skins of walls and the floors.
Working collaboratively with local stonemasons this material was carefully crafted with minimal joints and precisely executed details, reflecting the quality of materials and workmanship within the original house. This celebration of traditional craftsmanship extends to the rolled lead roof and the monumental bespoke oak joinery windows.