Nithurst Farm is a new-build family home for the founding director of Adam Richards Architects. The house is situated in open fields, on the site of a farmworker’s cottage in the South Downs National Park.
The house is built from structural concrete and wrapped in a thick brick skin with a black zinc roof. The profile of the house ascends in a stepped motion, rising from a single-storey entrance on the north elevation to a three-storey tower, which is expressed as a grid on the south elevation. Arched brick window openings with deep reveals give cadence to the long side elevations, expressing the weight of the walls. The sense of motion created by this stepped form is emphasised by the patina of the brick skin; blackened bricks around the arched brick window openings create an optical illusion, a trace of movement through space.
We worked with them to find bricks that would achieve both contrast and subtlety in expressing the delicate, fluid pattern.
Architect: Adam Richards Architects
Contractors: Garsden Pepper