- Architect: Shedkm Architects, Liverpool
Once a derelict Grade 11 listed 17th century farmhouse, Oak Farm was shortlisted for the RIBA Manser Medal in 2004 following a restoration project which included the addition of a stunning modern extension.
In 2011, more space was required for a study, small apartment and guest bedroom. A further extension was planned that connected with the west facing aspect and overlooked a small lake.
To maintain the hierarchy of the buildings, the new extension was built in the form of a simple black box with limited fenestration, using dark brick which contrasted with the warm red sandstone of the house and existing extension to give it the appearance of a farm outbuilding.
To further differentiate it from the main building, Ibstock’s Linear Natural Blue bricks were laid quarter bond with recessed 6mm joints, rather than the normal 10mm, to give a distinct appearance and accentuate the linearity of the modern extension. A simple glass link has been used to give the new extension the appearance of standing clear of the main house.