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Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —

Wildfowl Cottage— Cambridge

Client(s)

Private

Designed to compliment the rescue of a derelict former waterside inn, this extension provides a new room acting as a refuge above the 100-year flood level.

Through an exceptionally long gestation, with prolonged exchange with the planning and conservation authority, a single room has been created which responds carefully to the rich contexts of the listed house and the remarkable surrounding landscape.

The room is thought of as a contemporary interpretation of a vernacular building and demonstrates that careful modern design is appropriate in the context of a listed building. It rejects the notion that conservation work should be bland and bloodless.

View of Wildfowl Cottage across Baits Bite Lock
View of Wildfowl Cottage across Baits Bite Lock
The new room is raised above the surrounding landscape to protect it from floods
The extension sits between the renovated house and another watercourse
A material language of cedar shingles complements the cottage's clay tiled roofs
The form of the extension reflects the sloped plains of the cottage's roofs
Long section through Baits Bite lock and the site
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The cottage required substantial renovations with new foundations and ground floor slab installed around the historic building fabric
The new room provides a refuge from floods, whilst the space it creates contrasts with the cottage's interiors
Where the existing cottage's spaces are low and dark, the new room is flooded with light

LONDON Unit 14 21 Wren Street London WC1X 0HF t +44 (0)20 7837 7221 View on Google Maps

CAMBRIDGE Darkroom Gwydir Street Cambridge CB1 2LJ t +44 (0)1223 516009 View on Google Maps

OXFORD 2 King Edward Street Oxford OX1 4HS t +44 (0)1865 684004 View on Google Maps

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