Croft Lodge Studio

Built around a 17th-century cottage in the English County of Herefordshire, the Croft Lodge Studio is more of a preservation than a restoration. The 300-year-old ruins — including rotted timbers, crumbling stone, dead ivy, and even abandoned cobwebs — were left untouched, encased in a new black corrugated iron shell. This causes the structure to take on a redundant form, with a duplicate roof, windows, and walls placed over the old remains. The interior is warmed by a pair of wood-burning stoves and currently serves as a design studio with a store, kitchen, sleeping area and a living room, but also has the ability to be easily converted into a three-bedroom house when desired.

Photos: James Morris / Kate Darby Architecture

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