A Skeletal Roof Gives "Good Bones" a Whole New Meaning at This Country Home

Niall McLaughlin Architects designs a pastoral pavilion framed in steel and topped with a broad canopy that covers the open-air-optional plan.

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Project Details:

Location: Isle of Wright, England

Architect: Niall McLaughlin Architects / @niallmclaughlinarchitects

General Contractor: Millimetre

Structural & Civil Engineer: Smith and Wallwork

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Ritchie+Daffin

Quantity Surveyor: KSP

Planning & Heritage Consultant: Montagu Evans

Landscape Design: Kim Wilkie

Approved Inspector: Socotec

Photographer: Nick Kane / @nickkane2008

From the Architect: "Conceived as a delicate steel frame that floats above a meadow of wild grasses, the pavilion houses a long dining hall framed by three smaller spaces: a kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom.

"The building is organized around a repeating grid of slender quadripartite columns that frame views and support a lightweight trussed roof structure. This large overhanging roof canopy unites the four volumes and forms a perimeter verandah. The glass wall passes through the center of each column, revealing the building skeleton to both the inside and the outside.

"The metal frame is painted in a rich golden and the roof is lined with copper. Together with the weathered silver deck, these materials reflect the warm hues and cool tones of the surrounding pasture and marshland."

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