A quaint ‘sticks and stones’ cottage which forms the heart of this family home is situated in a grade two listed site and is set within a concealed location, surrounded by scrub and woodlands.

Project name: Stanyard’s Cottage
Studio Name: Alter & Company
Project Budget: £650000
Completion date: 2017
Building levels: 2
Location: London, United Kingdom
Photography: Upper Look, Jim Stephenson

5106 Stanyard's Cottage by Alter & Company: Sheet 1
Library ©Upper Look, Jim Stephenson

The proposed design sensitively organises the existing farm buildings, enabling an external – internal landscape approach to the otherwise disconnectedness of the farm buildings. The role of play as a modality has also been a key influence that forms a looping internal landscape through which imparts a journey of varying expansive spaces.

5106 Stanyard's Cottage by Alter & Company: Sheet 2
Activity Room ©Upper Look, Jim Stephenson

Alongside this journey, sculptural landmarks were inserted between and into the building, either as a way of contributing to the journey – or diverting it. This approach to design invited a type of playfulness into everyday activities.

5106 Stanyard's Cottage by Alter & Company: Sheet 3
Exterior View ©Upper Look, Jim Stephenson

The experimental journey throughout the buildings became one compressive space, full of light, materiality and history.



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