Friars Lodge

After years of neglect, Friars Lodge, a traditional 19th century cottage in the New Forest National Park, was in need of a re-think. Hampshire architect PAD studio came up with a 180 L-shaped plan made up of the original cottage and a contemporary extension, with a double height glazed entrance hall linking the old and new.

. . . Grand Designs Magazine . . .

Project & Environmental Data

Project Info

  • Location: New Forest National Park, Hampshire
  • Designation: AONB, National Park, Conservation Area
  • Image Credit: Richard Chivers

Environmental Data

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  • Insulation
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  • Solar PV
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  • Solar Thermal
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  • Ventilation
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At PAD studio we care passionately about what we do, good design inspires us and although the role of an architect is bound by professionalism and responsibility, we work hard to ensure that the design process is celebrated and enjoyed by our clients and by us. We are architectural storytellers, and it is essential that every project has a unique storyline that is considerate of the people and place.

As a locally listed building, Friars Lodge required skilful and extended negotiations with the New Forest National Park Authority. Tenacity won out, and informed debate enabled us to strip back the numerous poorly considered twentieth century additions to reveal the simplicity of the original dwelling. In contrast to this, we proposed a contemporary but sensitive extension to the rear which is invisible from the front of the building – the design’s form is sculpted by the site, the views and the sun path.

Life is breathed into the old and small cellular rooms of the original house which now provides a place of cosy sanctuary in contrast to the light filled open plan layout of the extension. Views of the tranquil New Forest are ever changing and these are captured through the building and landscape design which includes a kitchen garden. These qualities create a vibrant home with an intimate relationship with the countryside.

“The addition has given the owners an open-plan kitchen and living area, while upstairs a balcony wraps around a large main bedroom that has views of surrounding trees and occasional visiting wild ponies.”

. . . Grand Designs Magazine . . .