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Le Petit Fort is an outstanding new family home by Hudson Architects on the west coast of Jersey. Set within the retained walls of an earlier building, Le Petit Fort offers an imaginative response to its setting and historical context through carefully considered contemporary architecture, a rich materials palette and fine craftsmanship.
The brief for this new build house in Cheshire was to create a bespoke, contemporary home to replace the existing dilapidated property that sits on the plot. Located in the Cheshire Green Belt, the site is situated in a rural context, surrounded by agricultural land and buildings. The key priority for the client was to maximise views of the site which is a large, green, semi-rural plot that is bound on both sides by mature trees and drops down to a meandering river.
A long, low pavilion forms the garden’s western perimeter, just touching the listed house and contrasting sensitively with existing structures. Iroko cladding is both solid and screen, filtering views into and out of the building through glass walls. Dark grey metalwork provides contrast and a green roof environmental advantages.
The internal spaces are flooded with natural light and allow a close connection to the garden, changing skies and the sun’s passage. There are long internal vistas beside three service cores and very generous column-free, high volumes. Materials include stone, marble, teak...