West Yard Farm.

This 19th Century farm complex in the middle of Dartmoor National Park was in much need of repair and refurbishment. The brief for the architect was to create a new large family home, combining the farmhouse and attached barn with a contemporary glass link. The result is a daylight living space that adapts to a range of uses and family activities.

project details

  • The glass walls are 3.8 metres high and the sliding doors are over 2 metres wide, with a sight line of only 19mm.
  • The high performance glass walls keep out a large proportion of the heat from the sun and are extremely well insulated for such large panels.
  • The architectural simplicity of the glass link enhances the local building materials and creates an essential connection with the landscape.
  • The design was well received by Dartmoor National Park as both a sympathetic and progressive design solution and a means to bring life back to an historic building.

rural project overview

Van Ellen + Sheryn



George Sharman