A resolutely contemporary architectural vocabulary was chosen for the extension of the ancient building, creating a play of contrasts with the existing surrounding architectural heritage.
In the recently built extension, copper is wrapped around a timber-frame contemporary volume set on a local stone base, and is married with patches of wood panels.
Several variations of oxidised copper have been used:
- standing seam cladding on the outer walls
- perforated copper sun breakers
- rainwater downpipes
The building was developed with a sustainable development approach:
- timber-frame construction
- use of durable and noble materials on the facades, such as copper, wood, and glass
- vegetal roof
- sun breaking solar panels renewable electricity generation
- movable shading panels on the south facing main facade