Richard Parr Associates is an innovative architectural firm founded in the 1990s in Cotswolds. The studio is characterised by their distinctive style that combines traditional and modern elements. The creative team draws inspiration from various sources such as the visual arts, cultural heritage, contemporary design and so on.
The headquarters are located in a renovated 19th century farmhouse in Easter Park. Due to the growing number of employees, there was a need for additional office space. The old granary proved to be the ideal space and was renovated in the distinctive style of the studio. The project was named Grain Loft Studio and is shortlisted in the small workspace interior of the year category in the 2020 Dezeen Awards.
The intention was to create an office that is flexible.
Grain Loft Studio is a contemporary workspace with a daring character. It is characterised by a combination of careful restorations and modern interventions. For example, an original stone wall was retained next to glass walls which were added to open the barn to the view of the surrounding greenery of the park. The offices are located on the first floor where the grain was stored, hence the choice of name. The spaces are covered with a saddle roof whose structure is made of Douglas fir wood. This gives the entirety an authentic look. Furthermore, the rooms have been furnished with modern furniture such as a glass table, office chairs with an aluminium frame, recycled rubber tiles and an Eero Saarinen 'Tulip' table. The intention was to create an office that is flexible, where a conference room can be used for meetings as well as a shared workplace or as a relaxation area. Richard Parr Associates honours the rural atmosphere of the farm. At the same time, the studio knows how to implement modernity and functionality. The result is a building that, unmistakably, is an office with a unique authenticity. Photography by Gilbert McCarragher