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New Japanese pottery and stables, Fordham, Cambridgeshire

Georgian country estate, a manor house with walled gardens, a lean-to orangery and its own collection of disparate dwellings and farm buildings, all to be restored carefully and rejuvenated to have new uses, will be complemented with the addition of a new workshop for two renowned Japanese craft potters to work and to welcome visitors to experience their process and the provision of new stables for the family horses.

The cedar shingled pottery, sited within a wooded area in the heart of the estate, has three main rooms, looking out east over the landscape accessed from an entrance lobby on the west side, which showcases the traditional pottery-making process by looking into the centrally placed potter’s wheel room, with the kiln room to the north and the traditional Tatami room with kitchen where the pottery will be used, to the south.

The classic U-shaped stable around-yard is a simple single-storey timber building with a pitched roof, a lightweight timber framed structure sitting atop a soft red brick plinth on a tamped concrete slab, clad in horizontal timber boarding with timber shutters and a dark grey corrugated felt roof with rainwater pipes and aluminium gutters will be powder coated to match the colour of the roof.

Service: Architects

Location: Fordham, Newmarket, UK

Client: Dojima Sake Brewing Co.

Cost: Undisclosed

Areas: XX m2

Dates: 2005

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