STUDIO HURLEY + HUGHES
Architecture and Design
Peter Inskip & Peter Jenkins Architects
Garden Building, Strawberry Hill House
Information Centre and Gardener's Office
Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill was reopened to the public in September 2010, following a comprehensive restoration project for the Grade I listed house and garden undertaken by Inskip & Jenkins Architects. As part of a second phase of works, I&J were commissioned to reconfigure the entrance sequence to reflect the historic approach to the house, and provide a public information centre and ancillary facilities for the garden staff.
The character of the building is informed by garden architecture in the western villa garden building tradition. At Strawberry Hill the new building has been considered as a fluid woodland edge form on the garden side with no openings as if imagined as a hedged enclosure. The form of the building is manipulated to accommodate a mature Black Poplar metres from the external wall.
The new building is of timber balloon frame construction and is clad in naturally coloured cedar boarding all round with a planted sedum roof which beds itself into the landscape.
Project Architect: Jack Hughes