The 18th century Field Barn has been abandoned as a ruin. Stripped of its original purpose, the agricultural typology offers opportunity to be appropriated for new uses. The historic built form is contemporary in its simplicity and strength of form. Large limestone walls run axially north-south, defining the central body of the structure, and east–west, stretching in to the surrounding landscape.
The clarity and strength of the existing structure is to be preserved and enhanced with contemporary intervention – the stone walls will define the space. A new form, reinterpreting the stable archetype, is to be positioned to create a courtyard with the Field Barn – defining a settlement within the expansive landscape.
Large glazed screens, positioned set back at the entrances to the barn, provide uninterrupted north-south views. The original volume of the Field Barn and its limestone walls are complemented with the introduction of new vantage points from which to experience the historic space - upon a new mezzanine and bridge level accessed from a concrete stair. The new stable structure is formed by a stone wall wrapping the north and west sides and a glass wall opening up to the south. Materials are selected and detailed to work positively with the textures of the existing built fabrics.