Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


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Barn-Style Living Reimagined: Shadow House

Tucked away amongst the leafy landscape of rural county Wiltshire, England, you’ll find a very English-looking Chapel accompanied by an equally English garden. Its façade, though very charming, leaves nothing to the imagination – it’s what lies in its shadows that has the town talking…

Behind the Grade II listed mid 19th century chapel lies an innovative extension by London-based studio Jonathan Tuckey Design. Mimicking the chapel’s silhouette and scale the blackened timber extension acts as the chapel’s shadow, discreetly hidden away from view from the street.

The extension’s black and white interior, though quite minimalistic, still offers warmth and character through textured details such as black timber cladding. Polished concrete floors adorn the contemporary extension, a stark contrast from the warm timber flooring in the Chapel’s interior, which is linked by a translucent glass corridor.

Inside the chapel’s space houses the family’s open-plan kitchen, dining room, and living room with an impressive mezzanine gallery above. The mezzanine along with the sky-high floor to ceiling bookshelf, which is jam-packed with colourful books, accentuates the grand scale of the chapel’s original steep gabled ceiling.

Although the interiors of the two spaces are dissimilar, the clever design of the extension’s form allows these two structures to coexist and compliment each other despite being centuries apart.

Anthony Spon-Smith