Fluid worked with Liddicoat & Goldhill architects on this award winning barn conversion project near Folkestone in Kent.
The client had purchased a small cluster of 18th century buildings that had served as stables, threshing barn and dairy, before falling into disrepair.
For the main volume a new steel frame was designed and installed around the existing timber frame, enabling much of the otherwise too fragile original fabric to be retained. This also enabled the dramatic wall openings to be achieved, housing over-sized folding and rotating door panels. Other parts of the green oak structure were restored and re-erected. A feature spiral stair was constructed in cantilevered folded steel plate around a central stove and flue, rising to a new mezzanine level with exposed radial joisting below.
|SE Regional Award Winner, 2015||Blueprint and Stephen Lawrence Awards Shortlist, 2015|