We have a very interesting project to tour through today. Hunsett Mill is a 19th century millkeeper's house located in The Broads. The new extension is situated next to the well known historic Grade 2 Listed Hunsett Mill.
According to the architects, ACME, the house was the residence of the millkeeper until 1900. The idea was for the new extension to sit in the shadows of the existing mill, being fully self-sufficient in terms of heating and water supply. The project is truly a very special piece of modern architecture that respects the traditional vernacular.
Shall we take a look around?
In this first image you can see the relationship between the old mill and the new extension. Despite mimicking the shape of the existing mill, the deep coloured, charred cedar boards cleverly hide the extension into the scenery. Though you understand that it is a new build, it is not obtrusive or overbearing in any way.
What a truly idyllic setting. The mill extension, which you could see positioned in the shadow of the image above, can be viewed here as a stand alone feature.
The interesting window and roof cut outs do not detract from the traditional shape of the build. In fact, their glossy nature helps to reflect the wonderful scenery at hand. The different direction of the timber panelling is an interesting feature, too. The roof appears to have been placed horizontally whereas the woodwork on the wall has been clad vertically.
The inside of the home is illuminated and bright, positively injected with natural light. The double-height space has many wonderful openings, both in the ceilings and walls, which works incredibly well against the stark white interiors.
In total contrast to the historic design of the external envelope, the internal layout, as you will soon see, is well and truly designed for 21st century living needs. The finest of details have been considered, from the vast modern light fitting to the translucent nature of the glass staircase.
The bar stools positioned in front of the marble kitchen island are another contemporary feature in this scene. Despite their interesting form they blend in perfectly with the rest of the space.
The minimalist dining area is similarly themed to the kitchen, encompassing the same fluid, transparent sensibility evidenced in the previous image.
Marked by boldly modern features and an intensely creative spatial layout, this dining room is truly unlike anything we've seen before. We are still totally awe struck by the absolute contrast between the exterior and exterior!
The internal woodwork is nothing short of a modern architectural marvel. The smooth, natural appearance of the pale wooden walls and ceilings gives a minimalistic, Nordic feel to the interior.
The undulating, uneven surface of the ceiling sparks curiosity and if it were possible, we'd want to run our hands along the roof, feeling every bump and bend, observing the seamless connections between each piece.
Before we bid farewell to this charming mill extension, we take one last look at the property nestled amongst the wonderful scenery that Norfolk has to offer.
From this angle it's hard to tell that this property is in fact brand new. That's how closely the architects have managed to get the extension to the fit in with the traditional vernacular. Sitting proudly next to the windmill, this is a charming sight that is the perfect close to such a magical project.
To enjoy another wonderfully updated property, check out: 1920s Home with a Stunning Modern Extension.