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Farley Studios | Rural Office Space

Paul Cashin Architects 'PCA' is a creative RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Chartered Architecture practice based in Winchester, Hampshire. PCA takes a design-led approach to the practise of contemporary architecture, believing that well thought and considered design is essential to the creation of successful architectural space.

The practice undertakes contemporary architectural design projects across residential, commercial and civic sectors of the construction industry. Currently having a number of live projects across Winchester, Hampshire and the South Coast including one-off new build houses, extensions and commercial business projects.

As a small practice, our strength lies in our inclusive and personal approach, working directly with clients, consultants, and contractors, encouraging the cross over between architecture and other areas of art and design.

We are in a consistent state of process, working through a range of media including physical and computer models, hand and computer drawings, sketching and conceptual diagrams, discussions and presentations.

Paul Cashin Architects was founded in 2012 by Paul Cashin. Paul studied Architecture at the Universities of Portsmouth and Vienna, graduating in 2011 with an RIBA Presidents Medal nomination. He has worked for numerous practices, including Design Engine Architects working on contemporary university, school, housing and one-off house projects between 2008 and 2012. Paul has also taught at the University of Portsmouth and was a member of the Project Office for the school. Paul started PCA in 2012 which has set up offices in Winchester in 2016.

Paul is an RIBA Chartered Architect registered with the ARB.


Farley Studios | Farley, Hampshire

Rural Office Space - Barn Conversion + Change of Use

Client: Private  

Type: Commercial


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.

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