Roundles Cottage, High Button, Surrey

h2architecture, Surrey, 2011


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A multi-function pool house set within the gardens of an old farmhouse, replacing a series of dilapidated barn stuctures

The new building comprises 3 primary elements: a garage; a study/ guest bedroom; and a multi purpose space with kitchen and shower room linked to a new outdoor swimming pool.

Two 'fin walls' divide the plan into three parts which accommodate the separate elements. The dividing walls are set parallel to the adjacent boundaries and push out beyond the building with natural stone facings to match the existing farmhouse. The angled walls enclose a fan-shaped space in the centre which accommodates the large multi-purpose room with two smaller spaces either side of this which enclose the garage and study.

A long span glulam structure allows the larger space to be completely unenecumbered with only two circular steel columns to the garden elevation. A 10.5m wide wall of glass looks out to the garden and these windows slide back to allow the internal and external spaces to act as one.

The study is a light-weight timber 'lean-to' structure, fully glazed on three sides to allow views through to the surrounding landscape and the garage is clad in western red cedar.

The building is designed to nestle down into a saddle of land surrounded by mature trees. To complement the natural setting of the building, the roof is to be covered in grass and wild flower 'sods', cut from the surrounding fields.


  • Begun: Jan 2010
  • Completed: Feb 2011
  • Floor area: 99m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £175,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Feb 2010
  • Procurement: Minor works
  • Address: Roundles Cottage, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 6NR, United Kingdom

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