Our clients needed an architect in Ashburton, Devon to provide them with a Full Architectural Service for their New cookery School.
A disused car showroom occupied the site, on the outskirts of Ashburton. The local Cookery School had out grown their current home in the centre of town and required a larger, purpose built building to continue their courses.
The building was designed with three teaching kitchens, a dining area and a wine tasting room. The architecture is distinctly ‘Dartmoor’, incorporating the local granite and limestone with rendered walls to the rear façade and cedar cladding to the wings. The teaching kitchens at ground floor have north facing clerestory windows. The rooms at first floor will be dramatically lit with full height timber framed glazing to either gable end.
In 2014 two new extensions were added to the teaching kitchens, providing additional dining space.
The School was opened late 2009.
We are 5 months in to a 7 month build on our 1930’s Arts and Crafts house in Torquay, the design of which Van Ellen created for us. We were instantly impressed by their designs but it’s only since the build / renovation has moved in to its final stages do we really appreciate the wonderful space they have created for us. The house, whilst always grand on the outside, was so muddled on the inside it felt cramped and depressing. Now the house can breath again – it’s light and airy, the high ceilings and large open spaces give a sense of grandeur, the rooms flow beautifully. We’re still 2 months from move in but we already know that with Eilir and Dave’s help we have created our forever family home.