Brook Farm Barn, Wedmore
Brook Farm is a fine Listed Grade II early 19th century farm-house on the edge of Wedmore, with a garden stretching southward towards the open Somerset countryside. A large but somewhat tumble-down corrugated metal-clad barn with various lean-to accretions dominates the view sufficiently for the occupants of the house to think of moving into it, or at least something suitably barn-like in its place.
To this end we have proposed a building of simple plain shapes and materials, reminiscent of its predecessor and occupying more or less the same position, to take advantage of the view and to perpetuate the relationship of Farmhouse and Barn which has existed over several centuries and iterations, at least of the barn.
The new house presents a plain and mostly blank elevation of corrugated metal walls and sweeping roofs to the north while the plan opens out on the south towards the sun and the view. Early plans to use Corten steel for the cladding were swiftly abandoned in favour of traditional galvanised steel sheets at a fraction of the cost. With such a large area of roof and wall that made for a very saving. The client is currently researching what profiles, colours and finishes are available.