Test Valley Farmstead strives to replace decaying barns with a contemporary residential dwelling, which takes inspiration from the conventional courtyard layout.
The design incorporates three distinct pitched roof volumes, which are sympathetically connected by covered walkways and a glass link to preserve views across the site. Drawing inspiration from the natural evolution of traditional farm layouts, the building boasts a unique combination of materials and subtle changes in roof pitch.
The building's orientation and design are carefully considered to ensure that it seamlessly integrates with the surrounding farmland. The use of contextual materials such as knapped flint, standing seam zinc, and vertical timber cladding, ensure that the design remains in harmony with the agricultural context. The resulting effect is a dwelling that blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings, creating a sense of timelessness and connection to the land.
Nestled within a natural dip in the landscape, the sloping topography of the site is utilised to conceal the single storey building, making it a natural extension of the land.
Test Valley Farmstead is the product of a close partnership between Greenbook Landscape Design, Johnstone Landscapes, Malins Group, and Atlas Planning Group.