Threefold Architects

  • Homes for horses in the national park

Threefold Architects have designed a new build equestrian centre and a contemporary extensions to an existing Grade II listed farm located on a 10 acre lake in the South Downs National Park. Planning has recently been granted for the scheme.

The design has been inspired by the dramatic natural beauty and rich architectural and industrial heritage of the site.

The equestrian buildings will be clad in a lattice of charred timber taken from the site as existing pine trees are cleared and replaced with a native deciduous forest as part of the proposals. The house will be clad in bespoke made ‘extruded peg tiles’ made from the iron rich clay of the site itself.

Threefold worked with sustainability consultants to ensure that both buildings will be carbon neutral operational; using a combination of PV and solar thermal panels for heating and hot water and harvesting rainwater for greywater and irrigation.

Located within an existing pine woodland, the new equestrian facility and lavender farm will be skinned with two hundred thousand linear metres of charred timber sourced from the woodland.

Using clay collected from the site, TFA have experimented with the production of bespoke clay tiles, partnering with a local pottery to fire the tiles.

As part of our detailed design phase, we will establish the feasibility of partnering with local manufacturers to establish an on site clay pit and kiln to extract and produce the clay tiles used to clad the extension to the existing dwelling.

Project Data

Client: Confidential

Type: Mixed-Use

Area: 16,700 sqft

Status: Planning

Location: South Down