The site presently hosts three distinct structures, set on three sides of a concrete courtyard, which is open to the hillside to the West. The farmhouse defines the Southern edge. Holcombe Farm's simple stone structures complete the enclosure; to the East, an outhouse for storage and to the North, an open shed used for vehicle parking. The outhouses are ancillary to the residential use of the farmhouse.
The proposed new house replaces the buildings on the site, but maintains their approximate footprint and level in order to minimise disturbance to the landscape.
The proposed design looks to capitalise on this sense of enclosure and privacy, while enjoying the spectacular views. The central courtyard is designed as a enclosed point within which to arrive, protected by the cluster of buildings and steep slope to the west. In contrast to this protected courtyard, there is a sense of openness to the east and south of the proposed design.
The Makers House is a new-build villa in Hackney, and a self-initiated project by David Liddicoat & Sophie Goldhill.
Having bought the site in 2012, the architects won planning permission, raised finance and built the house - by hand - over the following four years. They set their own brief - to explore the ideal texture and atmosphere of domestic architecture. This experimental objective was achieved while simultaneously satisfying the constraints of speculative residential development.