Location: Capel Iwan, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Client: Ben & Françoise Graham
Project Year: 2010
Cost: £100k - £500kThe single storey showroom nestles into the bank adjacent to the adjoining dwelling, so as not to deprive them of the south westerly light.
The building is built from trees felled and harvested from plantation land owned by the client; the douglas fir frame was designed, and a cutting schedule prepared, prior to the timber arriving at the sawmill. The surplus timber was used for cladding or furniture, with the remaining sold on.
The internal layout provides a flexible open plan retail floor area linked to an office, plant room, WC and stock room. Glazing to the south and west provide views out over open countryside, whilst increasing solar gain during winter months.
The project was awarded RIBA Welsh Small Project 2012 & RIBA Welsh Architecture Awards 2012.
View of showroom from south west with entrance lobby to the left.
Projecting entrance lobby viewed from the road with showroom at rear overlooking landscape.
Main showroom space with panoramic views to the south and west.Site context with warehouse in foreground. Site context with warehouse in background. Internally the structural members form a strong geometric framework. Exposed timber frame details. External cladding. Each timber member was prepared and jointed on site, fitting together like a 3D jigsaw.