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The Linhay

Somerset - Residential - Complete

An environmentally led new build home in Somerset, a contemporary and contextual architectural design, drawing upon an agricultural vernacular common to the South West. Prior to a change in scale of livestock farming, Linhay barns were common to Somerset and Devon. An open fronted two storey pitched roof barn, with hay/ shelter at first floor and storage for cattle/ machinery at ground floor. The open fronted element was located away from the prevailing weather, supported on regularly spaced columns often full height from ground to eaves.

The scale and form is designed as a playful reinterpretation of the linhay barn typology, marrying a blend of domestic and agricultural whilst at pains not to become contrived in nature.

A two storey residential new build shares the same east-west orientation of the existing outbuildings in order to take full advantage of passive solar gains. Whilst the envelope appears as a typical domestic form, the entire south elevation is recessed in order to create the characteristic colonnade. The functional benefit of this move is to provide solar relief and shading to the internal spaces during the summer months while taking advantage of the low-tracking sun in the winter months.

An intensive green roof gives the impression that a section of field has been lifted to form an inhabited space below, this green roof extends through to the front of the building where the two storey form cuts away at first floor, providing shelter and relief to local wildlife.

The Linhay achieved practical completion in October 2023.

Planning_Whiteacre Planning
Services Consultant_Bamfords
Structural Engineer _Buildcollective

_Shepherd Construction, Trew Turner, Soteria Roofing, Ashley Hill Carpentry, Elliot Corfield, Tor Renewables, Moulderz Electrical

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