Cob Corner, Ivybridge

A mature work by a local master of regional architecture

Cob Corner, Ivybridge by David Sheppard Architects.
Cob Corner, Ivybridge by David Sheppard Architects. Credit: Joakim Boren

David Sheppard Architects for private client

Contract value: £375,000

GIA: 180m²

This house by an architect for himself and his wife has been 14 years in the making and is also the main design studio for David Sheppard Architects. It is a barn conversion of distinction that preserves with pleasure the cob walls and structure from which it is built. 

The process of drawing the initial survey by hand clearly informed the final design strategy. Here is an architect who thoroughly understands the materials. 

 
  • Cob Corner, Ivybridge by David Sheppard Architects.
    Cob Corner, Ivybridge by David Sheppard Architects. Credit: Joakim Boren
  • Cob Corner, Ivybridge by David Sheppard Architects.
    Cob Corner, Ivybridge by David Sheppard Architects. Credit: Joakim Boren
  • Cob Corner, Ivybridge by David Sheppard Architects.
    Cob Corner, Ivybridge by David Sheppard Architects. Credit: Joakim Boren
  • Cob Corner, Ivybridge by David Sheppard Architects.
    Cob Corner, Ivybridge by David Sheppard Architects. Credit: Joakim Boren
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Timber louvres made of reclaimed hardwood break down the impact of large sheets of glazing, accentuating the sense of openness reminiscent of ventilated cattle barns. The house has a primeval feel, in short it is a deeply sensory experience. This is a mature work by a local master of regional architecture.