Merrydown, UK | McLaren Excell

London based architects McLaren Excell converted a former Victorian schoolhouse in Dorset, England, into a family home of great simplicity and spatial purity, featuring a restrained, natural materials’s palette.

Photography © Richard Leeney

Description from architects McLaren Excell

“The principal living space is almost church-like in scale and arrangement, so befitting a pure and restrained selection of materials. Birch plywood, concrete, wood wool and brass are used through¬out, and recycled wood/concrete blocks create a structural spine wall which forms the stairwell to the bedrooms above and provides a backdrop to the more intimate living area. The materials used are honest, hard wearing and low in cost. They have all been left in their natural state - ‘as found’ – and, together with the pleasing rhythms of the original building, combine to make a scheme of conceptual simplicity and spatial purity.”