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LSI Architects

LSI Architects

Norwich, United Kingdom

LSI Architects - Thursford Castle

LSI Architects

An example of a ‘romantic ruin’, which persuaded the owners to buy the overgrown site, seek planning consent, and release its intrinsic value. LSI’s design retained the chapel as an entrance to a bespoke, patio dwelling, on axis with the former existing walled garden, with accommodation arranged on 3 sides.

Thursford Castle Aerial View

Thursford Castle Aerial View 



Thursford Castle Visualisation

Thursford Castle Visualisation 



Thursford Castle Visualisation

Thursford Castle Visualisation 



Thursford Castle Sketch

Thursford Castle Sketch 



LSI secured this exciting commission following interview and dialogue with a client who was experienced at property development but was looking for an architect to provide designs for a sustainable home with a uniquely modern character.

LSI used a combination of CAD visualisation and card models to develop some design options and it was in conversation with the clients that the final solution of allowing the ruin to remain a ruin was first discussed, an approach supported by NNDC Planners and Heritage and Conservation officers.

Upon approach, the existing chapel is seen in its ruinous state and is the focal point of interest and main entrance to the new house. The four bedroom energy efficient home is discreetly (almost anonymously) arranged behind a tall garden wall. The chimney flue stacks, the only visible components of the new house that appear above the datum of the garden wall, are constructed of canted brickwork, echoing the slope of the chapel gable walls.

Fenestration to the exterior is also carefully considered to place the glazing flush to the external face of the brick, an architectural expression the minimises the visual impact of the windows and reinforces the solid character of the garden wall.