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La Forge House | Private House Renovation + Extension

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.


La Forge House | Normandy, France

Private House Renovation + Extension

Client: Private  

Type: Residential

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.

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