Farley Studios + Offices
Scheme: Barn Conversion & Change of Use / Client: Private / Type: Commercial / Location: Farley, Hampshire
Surrounded by unique and beautiful rural settings, the existing multi-use barn and farmstead storage agricultural unit located in Farley, Hampshire is often empty for large portions of the farming season. We propose to inhabit one of these spaces inline with seasonal work stages, making use of the shelter and rural context whilst the fields go from the drilling and fertilizing prep to the harvesting stage.
With recent amendments to the ‘change of use’ right now included under Permitted Development, land owners can take advantage of modern barn conversion opportunities. These studio units are an example of a genuine contemporary working space for creative groups of artists and architects, whilst maintaining a connection to the rural context in which they are sited.
The building features a skid and plinth base with mezzanine structural fixing points, dropped into place for a quick assembly. The configuration of the studio and workshop environment at ground level and more formal office space at first floor allows for a distinct and clear open plan environment heated by a central stove unit. The use of tactile materials such as block work and timber partitions and panelling throughout helps to visually reinforce both the functional and rural aspects of the architectural scheme. Large contemporary glazed panels to one side of the building let in an abundance of natural light and provide views to the fields outside. These can be pivoted open to allow for a natural circulation of air throughout the building.