Architecture and conservation have been brought together in a farm shop at a Somerset arts centre.

Durslade Farm Shop is located on the site of Hauser & Wirth gallery, which is a mixture of new and converted farm buildings on Durslade Farm in Bruton.

Also on site are Durslade Farmhouse, which can be rented out, and Roth Bar & Grill restaurant. Both are operated by hospitality firm Artfarm, which also runs the farm shop.

Moxon Architects worked with the architect for the wider site, Luis Laplace, to develop the farm shop as “contemporary interpretation of a traditional agricultural building”. Materials were selected to complement the existing buildings, with substantial use of timber due to it being sustainable and economical.

“This is our sixth completed scheme for the client [Artfarm], and one where we have been able to showcase our shared enthusiasm of local sourcing and material provenance,” says Moxon MD Ben Addy.

“This modest building performs a simple function in a straightforward and flexible manner. However, the use of recycled materials combined with precision detailing and fabrication ensures a comfortable and relaxed fit with the beautifully restored buildings of Durslade Farm.”

Artfarm also operates sites including the Fife Arms coaching inn in the Scottish Highlands and Manuela, a restaurant in a former flour mill in downtown Los Angeles.

Durslade farm shop interior

Stonework of the adjacent building has been left exposed on the adjoining wall

Durslade farm shop

The shop is joined onto the existing farm building by a linking element that is also the main entrance

Durslade farm shop

The rough sawn vertical timber cladding will weather over time and help the farm shop blend with its historical surroundings

Durslade farm shop

The exposed roof structure, formed of contemporary steel portals, has been designed to create a spacious feel

Durslade farm shop

Passive ventilation and natural daylight contribute to low energy demands

Durslade farm shop interior

Materials such as timber and prefabricated panels were chosen for their lower carbon footprint

Durslade details

Salvaged materials have been combined with robust, long-lasting finishes and details



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