Woldon and Linea Studio Interiors are working with the emerging furniture designer, James Smith Designs, to transform Argal Home Farm, a Cornish farmstead, into a vibrant place to live and work. A new workshop facility and studio spaces for local businesses have recently been completed. In an ongoing phase of work, the team are designing a replacement farmhouse as a new home for the client. As construction approaches completion, we look in more detail at one of the materials defining the character of the house.
The design of the new farmhouse emerged from a brief for a low energy family home which maintains the spirit of Argal farm, embodying a calmness and connecting with its natural landscape. The proposals are contemporary, but rooted in a rich Cornish vernacular of granite, slate and timber. Adaptation of traditional details, often quite subtly, emphasises a sense of the new.
Throughout our work at Argal Farm, material choice - considering texture, colour and sustainability – has been key. The external walls are clad in granite from the local Caradon Quarry, with cast stone reveals around the windows. The granite was chosen for its grain and warmth of colour, with bat and bee habitats integrated into the stone elevations and at eaves level. While there is a softness to the shape and colour of the stone, it also gives the house a sense of mass and density.
The use of natural and sustainable materials continues internally, with a palette of pale timber, clay plaster and tadelakt, offset with dark ironmongery. The clay plaster is the work of specialists Clayworks from nearby Helston and is integral to the feel of the house. It is used for all the internal walls giving them a subtle texture, and lending the spaces a richness and softness which is hard to achieve with new industrial plaster.
With a clear vision for the house and a highly engaged client, a common working ethos has been galvanized on site across contractors, specialists and the design team. And for James the result is a tangible positive energy:
I just really enjoyed the whole vibe on the place, everyone who worked on the project were lovely, people around the farm were lovely, all trying to do sustainable things. All the products were right for the project, so everything came together really well.
View the Farmhouse here.