Eggs to Apples

RUSSIAN FOR FISH, Etchingham, East Sussex, 2016

 

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A new-build, timber-clad, farm shop located in East Sussex

Eggs to Apples is a family run farm shop established by Richard Barnes in 1972 and located in Hurst Green, East Sussex.

Its ethos is to provide an affordable, high quality, full basket service, traceable from its source. It was important to the Barnes family that this ethos was also an integral part of the building’s design and construction.

The newly constructed shop, rebuilt on the site of the original, emulates the feeling of an outdoor market. The rectangular plan houses the shop floor, workshop, cold store, small office, staff room and WC facilities for both staff and visitors.

The structure is a contemporary take on a traditional typology, with an asymmetrical barn form, clad completely in vertical slats of locally sourced sweet chestnut timber.

The building’s façades have been allowed to naturally silver in contrast to the treated timber boards lining the covered external spaces. Fixings are exposed, emphasising the fabrication process and architectural detailing.

The building is oriented to maximise daylight and solar gain, while protecting the market garden to the rear from prevailing winds. Three large sliding walls along the central axis of the building provides access and ventilation. The largest of these is a 4m sliding wall, which opens to form the entrance to the shop and allows views of the produce from the road, as well as views through the shop to the rolling hills beyond.

The west facing roof pitch is punctured by skylights which allowing for some solar gain throughout the afternoon and evening, this together the glass recycled insulation used throughout and the water heating tanks ensures the building performs as efficiently as possible.

Data

  • Completed: Jan 2016
  • Floor area: 300m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Address: Eggs to Apples Farm Shop, London Road, Hurst Green, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7QP, United Kingdom

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