DHBT Architecture Awards 2023 - over the next few days we will highlight the winners and commendations of the various categories.
Historic Building in an Urban Setting
Judges were very impressed with this conversion of the Grade II "listed" abandoned former Primitive Methodist Chapel in Winster, into a new dwelling.
The chapel was built in 1823, as a simple building, respondng to the growing population of Winster, before being extended in 1832 and again in 1850 to the larger chapel it is today.
The chapel had remained abandoned for several years and was suffering from significant timber decay and structural movement. It was sold on the open market in 2017 and bought by a couple who wished to convert it into a private residence.
The scheme includes the insertion of a modern mezzanine floor over half the internal space, taking a 45 degree angle, across the building to contrast the original building's geometry. This in turn addresses the risk of overlooking neighbouring properties and provided a living room area at first floor, giving access to the views out of the high-level windows across the valley.
The stepping up of the floors, towards the rear is also a reference to the unusually raked seating of the original chapel. The full-height space is maintained to the front of the building, with bedroom accommodation to the subdivided rear.
A small extension of the existing lean-to, to provide a utility room, plant & boot room. External access and landscaping alterations were undertaken and conservation repairs to the original historic fabric.