La Forge House
Scheme: Extension & Renovation / Client: Private / Type: Residential / Location: Avranches, Normandy, France
This traditional Victorian work house and attached cider-making out-building were purchased by a retiring English teacher in 2010. In order to support the economy of Avranches in Normandy, the owner wishes to create a bed and breakfast holiday home for visiting families, whilst allowing herself a smaller dwelling and work/studio space for continued writing work.
The design proposal splits the house into two sections, a renovated ground and first floor guest house with contemporary interior, compromising most of the existing property, and an attic conversion providing living accommodation for the client with triple height work room with inserted stair and mezzanine. The conversion will also include several new contemporary dormers and external sliding doors over existing apertures. The contemporary installed architectural elements complement the traditional nature of the scheme. Weathered steel is used as panelling to these interventions due to its aged appearance which is befitting the stone exterior of the existing property.
By creating a dedicated mezzanine platform for a writing, the contemporary design scheme mirrors a ‘Scriptorium’ in principle and in atmosphere, synonymous with Norman ecclesiastic monastery buildings designs.