RIBA West Midlands Conservation Award

Astley Castle, Warwickshire | Witherford Watson Mann Architects

The client’s brief was to provide a contemporary house within the ruins of a 12th century manor destroyed by fire in 1978. Putting the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor and communal spaces above makes the experience of the house very special. The most impressive spaces are the ruins of the Tudor and Jacobean wings, where the reading of the remains is enhanced by the new interventions. The architects have developed carefully considered rules and a methodology for new construction against the existing structure.

Source: The Architects' Journal