Owlacombe Cottage

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Client
Private
Location
Dartmoor, Devon
Photography
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Dartmoor, Devon to provide them with a Full Architectural Service for their Replacement dwelling.

A 19th Mining cottage that has seen much alteration and extension over the years, and has now fallen into disrepair. The design is for a replacement dwelling.

The architecture is a contemporary interpretation of the Dartmoor mining vernacular, with a heavy stone plinth and light-weight timber structure above. Kitchen and living areas have been located at first floor to benefit from the increased light penetration and lofted ceiling, with bedroom accommodation at ground floor.

A large chimney stack on the gable end makes reference to the exaggerated verticality of historic mining industry architecture.

We have commissioned van Ellen & Sheryn to design a new purpose built cookery school building in Ashburton which was opened in 2010 along with subsequent extensions to the building in more recent years.

As a customer facing business we welcome thousands of people from around the world to spend large amounts of time (up to 6 months) within our building, so it is imperative that it is welcoming and attractive from the outside and a light and enjoyable space to work in.

van Ellen & Sheryn showed an excellent understanding of the brief and gave us multiple, well-visualised concepts to help us focus towards a finished concept and plans.

We are sited within Dartmoor Park conservation area which brings with it special considerations of materials and design, and much time was saved by having architects experienced of working within these parameters. There were no issues gaining planning permission.

The finished build is exactly as visualised and designed by the architects – an outstanding building to look at and work in that makes the most of the site within which it sits and is a delight to work in.

Several years later the business needed to expand and we commissioned van Ellen & Sheryn for the extensions. This was a tricky brief, adding on two new dining rooms to the existing facade and had the potential of spoiling the strength of the original design. Their design has actually strengthened the impact of the facade of the building which is quite an achievement.

I would recommend van Ellen & Sheryn architects for projects of all sizes. They are a modern architect studio, small enough to care about all their projects, but experienced enough to cope with projects of all sizes. I feel they offer extremely good value. The work they have executed for us is contemporary yet looks better as time moves on – the sign of a great architect.

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