Gluckman Smith is on site for a new farmhouse between the Falmouth and Helford estuaries in Cornwall. The proposal replaces a compromised and poorly laid-out farmhouse of 315sqm with a highly efficient contemporary house of nearly 400sqm. The proposal was developed to embrace the best elements of Cornish farmhouse design with careful consideration for 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 roof is clad in diminishing random coursed Cornish stone slate.
The project is a further phase of redevelopment at Argal Home Farm, following construction of a contemporary workshop and conversion of existing barns to form workspace for the resident design studios and other local businesses. Argal Home Farm is a dynamic and creative collective of enterprising Cornish businesses.