Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
River Cottage HQ in Axminster, Devon by Satellite Architects
June 21st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Satellite Architects
“It’s doing a lot with a little…the diagonal bracing of the timber and the curtain-walling sing off each other,”
With focus on innovative design sustainable architecture, we at Satellite Architects have been working closely with River Cottage since 2005. River Cottage implements a fully sustainable policy on building materials, energy and carbon outputs and a fully recyclable policy on waste. We at Satellite Architects share an identical vision for the future of the design and built. At Satellite, sustainability is not seen as an added benefit to architectural design but as an integral part of the process.
A 65-Acre site, River Cottage is located in rural Devon. We are currently in the process of completing our fifth and final project on the site; a building to accommodate guests on the amazing cookery courses. River Cottage aims to promote a better understanding of the nature and origins of what we eat, and to celebrate and contribute to the vibrancy of our local food community. Every product that was created on site aims to have a beneficial impact on our understanding, enjoyment and relationship with real food. The new River Cottage HQ and its courses will be a vehicle for promoting the ethics of sustainable food production and will reflect passion for superb food.
The site was originally developed in conjunction with CAT (Centre of Alternative Technology) to ensure low carbon emissions and a fully renewable energy system for the site e.g. water and energy will be collected and harvested for use on the site for all needs.
With the vision of sustainability in architecture, we used local labor to stay true to the original buildings, employing locally sourced sustainable materials. And with environmental systems such as rainwater harvesting, biomass boiler and reed bed filtration, River Cottage has proven its interest to its site and local economy.
The buildings on the site exemplify the beauty and history of the existing buildings while modern insertions help to make them fi t for purpose and comfortable to current standards. This project accentuates an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by making it productive and educational for all who wish to learn.
The planning proposition combines restoration and refurbishment of a traditional Dorset architectural vernacular with a variety of new high quality designed buildings that employ sustainable materials and technologies. The new HQ will unite contemporary ecological architecture built with local materials and local labour with the unique Devon architectural character of the existing farm buildings. The renovation of the traditional Devon construction of cob / flint walls with be partnered with new sustainable insulation materials that will raise the buildings to modern standards.
River Cottage HQ acts as a home for the numerous River Cottage activities such as ‘Catch and Cook’ and ‘Pig in ta Day’. The site is used for the filming for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage TV Programme.
The buildings on the site exemplify the beauty and history of the existing buildings while modern insertions of the cookery school and soon to be constructed accommodation building help to make them fit for purpose and comfortable to current standards. This project accentuates an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by making it productive and educational for all who wish to learn.
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