Jeremy Stacey Architects of Norfolk

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King's Staithe Mill

Overview: Conversion of a former mustard mill to a family home within an urban conservation area.

Client: private client

Contract value: Confidential

Our brief for a converted eighteenth century mustard mill was to replace the window on the first floor that is the only opening to the deep plan living area of industrial buildings in the King's Lynn conservation area that have been converted into dwellings and small businesses. The lane widens at the mill, an area interpenetrating space, a junction of routes and activity. Central to this space is the new window and an opportunity to create another layer of permeability.

Natural light, weather protection and a more immediate connection with the street were high priorities. These objectives have been achieved using modern technology but in the spirit of the building's past. A single, huge sliding screen on high quality rolling gear and framed in oak has been installed. The solidity of the mill is reinforced by the contrasting transparency of the intervention. The aesthetic is derived from the function, in the spirit of the buildings in the lane. When open, the living room is part of the life of the street and the simple wire balustrade maximises the connection.

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