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Archio Ltd

Archio Ltd

London

Archio Ltd - Vale Head Farm

Archio Ltd

Ruskin Mill Trust is an education trust whose teaching focuses on practical skills education. Archio was commissioned to design a goat dairy and cheese making facility for the farm, as the first stage in a larger site-wide masterplan.

illustrated masterplan for Vale Head Farm, showing relationships between the different uses across the site

illustrated masterplan for Vale Head Farm, showing relationships between the different uses across the site 



sketch of the proposed goat dairy, where the main structure sits above the goat pen

sketch of the proposed goat dairy, where the main structure sits above the goat pen 



detail of the proposed goat dairy model, showing the ?forest? of structural elements

detail of the proposed goat dairy model, showing the ?forest? of structural elements 



prototypes of the structural elements, fusing new timbers with trees felled on the site

prototypes of the structural elements, fusing new timbers with trees felled on the site 



view of Vale Head Farm

view of Vale Head Farm 



Word from the architect

The architecture aims to draw on the strong relationship between the physicality of the site and the way in which it is used. The structure of the building, using trees felled on the site, creates a lighting and material effect that is atmospherically similar to the surrounding forests. Within the local vernacular buildings are often embedded in the soft sandstone - an example of this being the rock houses pictured. We were interested to draw on this unusual vernacular in our proposals, and the building is therefore partially sunk into the slope of the hill.

The masterplan explored the daily and seasonal rhythms, key routes and environmental microclimates, to suggest new interventions that would help resolve the existing disparate settlement of buildings.