Argal Farmhouse

Gluckman Smith has gained consent for a new residential development near Penryn, between the Falmouth and Helford estuaries in Cornwall. The proposal replaces a compromised and poorly laid out farmhouse with a new contemporary dwelling.

The proposal was developed to embrace the best elements of Cornish farmhouse design with careful consideration for the Cornwall Design Guide and the client’s requirements for a contemporary home.

The local area has a strong tradition of farmhouses following a simple rectangular or “L” shape plan often with gables ends. The new house seeks to continue this distinct Cornish tradition. Key principles of local vernacular design have been incorporated. The external walls are finished in coursed local granite with dressed sandstone reveals and the masonry of the existing building is to be re-used where possible. The roof is clad in diminishing random coursed Cornish stone slate.

A century of alteration and haphazard enlargement of the existing farmhouses has resulted in a poor layout with a lack of circulation on first floor. The proposal addresses these issues to provide an enhanced and more efficient layout on a similar footprint. Externally, the relationship between the house volumes frames a new south-facing terrace which links the living spaces.   At first floor the bedrooms enjoy views across the garden and pasture beyond.