The Parchment Works House / Will Gamble Architects

The Parchment Works House / Will Gamble Architects

Project name: The Parchment Works House
Architecture and Design: Will Gamble Architects
Location: Gretton, United Kingdom
Project Area: 180.0 m2
Completed Year: 2019
Photo credits: Johan Dehlin
Text by Will Gamble Architects

The existing property consisted of a Grade 2 listed double fronted Victorian house. Connected to the house was a disused cattle shed and beyond that a ruin, which was a former parchment factory and a scheduled monument. The client’s initial brief was to convert the cattle shed and demolish the ruin to make way for a new extension. From the beginning of the design process, it was clear that the client viewed the ruin as a constraint as opposed to a positive asset that could in fact be celebrated through a sensitive but well-conceived intervention.

The Parchment Works House / Will Gamble Architects

Instead of demolishing the ruin, Will Gamble Architects proposed “a building within a building” – where two lightweight volumes could be delicately inserted within the masonry walls in order to preserve and celebrate it. A palette of honest materials was chosen both internally and externally which references the site’s history and the surrounding rural context.

The Parchment Works House / Will Gamble Architects

Externally, corten steel, oak, and reclaimed brick have been used. The extension The Parchment Works House was built out of up-cycled materials predominantly found on site which was both cost-effective and sustainable, whilst allowing the proposal to sensitively blend into its surroundings.

The Parchment Works House / Will Gamble Architects

Internally the structural beams of the existing cattle shed were exposed as well as the steelwork to the new parts – the stone walls were re-pointed and washed in lime to create a mottled effect and a concrete plinth was cast along the base to create a monolithic “skirting”. A contemporary kitchen (also designed by the practice) juxtaposes the uneven and disordered nature of the ruin and continues the theme of a modern intervention set within a historic context.

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The Parchment Works House / Will Gamble Architects

living room/ Will Gamble Architects

The Parchment Works House / Will Gamble Architects

dining room / Will Gamble Architects

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kitchen / Will Gamble Architects

kitchen / Will Gamble Architects

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The Parchment Works House / Will Gamble Architects

The Parchment Works House / Will Gamble Architects

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