Situated in the springs town of Bath in the rolling countryside of southwest England, UK practice Invisible Studio has created a stunning extension and alteration to a derelict Georgian farmhouse.
The new cladding was designed to conceal the proportions of the openings of the astonishingly ugly rear extension, and allow maximum light to penetrate into the heart of the building while pulling apart the new bit to reveal key views into the landscape of St Catherine’s Valley.
The thermal mass is ruthlessly exposed internally: concrete floor, bare plastered concrete block walls, concrete kitchen, and other built-in benches…
Inspiration from architects:
The strategy was to find a material language – the cladding – that allowed the ugliness of the existing building to be masked and concealed, whilst also wrapping seamlessly round a new extension. The intention also was to do a building that performs really well, so is economical in how and where openings are placed.