UK. Carmody Groarke’s double project on a rural property

In the hills of Sussex, the two pavilions designed by the London-based studio deal with a ruin and a man-made landscape.

Carmody Groarke, Ruin Pavilion, Sussex, UK, 2017. Photo Johan Dehlin

Carmody Groarke completed the construction of two pavilions as an extension of an 18th century farmhouse in a rural property in the hills of Sussex, United Kingdom. The two buildings have different functions and respond to the specificity of their sites. Taking topography and pre-existing elements as references, the pavilions’ design develop in two different results, joined by a raw aesthetic and a coherent approach towards the artificial landscape.

The first pavilion is a guest suite containing a bedroom, a bathroom and a small kitchen; it is accessed by the main house via a galvanised-steel underground tunnel 40 meters long with a diameter of 3 meters. The requirement of energy demanded by the building is very low, since the it is embedded in the banks of an artificial lake. Surrounded by a dense and newly planted vegetation, the building emerges from the banks as a horizontally board-marked, in situ-concrete volume. An oak jetty extends over the surface of the lake.

The second pavilion is an artist studio built on the ruins of a dilapidated eighteenth century farmhouse, which existing hand-made brickwork has been completed with an inside-and-out polished in-situ concrete. The distinction between new and old elements has been emphasised by a steel roof, welded in-situ. The northern elevation is characterised by a four meters wide glazed opening overlooking an orchard.

Carmody Groarke, Two Pavilions, plan of the site
Carmody Groarke, Two Pavilions, plan of the site
Two Pavilions
East Sussex, United Kingdom
Carmody Groarke

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