Gluckman Smith were approached by the emerging furniture and product design practice James Smith Designs to transform Argal, a former farmstead, into a vibrant and inspirational place to live and work outside Falmouth in Cornwall.
Proposals are threefold: the creation of a new and highly specified workshop facility, the integration into a traditional barn of studios for local creative enterprises and artist residencies, and the alteration and refurbishment of the farmhouse to provide a contemporary family home. The workshop and studio concept forms part of a wider cultural endeavour underway in the area that includes Kestle Barton and CAST.
Placed perpendicular to the barn the new workshop is bold in formal expression yet reminiscent of the stable building that it proposes to replace. North facing skylights have been incorporated into the roofscape introducing a constant stream of daylight most suited to detail craftwork. A solid timber construction method is proposed and a high thermal performance targeted through a fabric-first approach to design.