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The brief for Gasworks was to build a private residence on the site of an old acetylene gas works incorporating the existing stone structure built in 1877. The site, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire clearly required an informed and sensitive approach.
A new CorTen Steel structure was proposed that would function as a writers retreat adjacent to the original stone house. The new building extends in an L-shape, wrapping cloister-like around a new enclosed central courtyard. The two structures are simultaneously paired yet distinct from each other. The size, scale and massing of the new building remains generally subservient to the existing gasworks. The form of the new building and its palette of materials articulates the heritage and former usage of the site. The industrial aesthetic, although deliberately diverging from its surroundings, gently compliments the natural materials found in the surrounding landscape. The rust-coloured corrugated sheeting confidently speaks the formal language of the agrarian community. The outline expresses a variant of the Cotswold barn typology.
The large circular tower to the north of the site echoes the centre circle of the courtyard terrace and pays homage to the circular acetylene tank of the original gasworks complex. The tower overlooks its stunning surroundings acting as a watchtower for the land it once used to serve.
Gasworks is a beautiful and unique project demonstrating the connection between new and old that we believe is the essence of British Architecture, celebrating our history and moving forward with a strong modern approach that is both respectful and yet distinctive.