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Friars, St Ives

Mole Architects has beautifully restored a grade II listed, 16th-century house to reveal its rich and varied history

Friars
Friars Credit: David Butler

East RIBA Regional Award 2022

Mole Architects for Mr & Mrs King
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 402m2

This is a great example of sympathetic yet progressive conservation.

Taken on as something of a rescue project, this Grade II listed, 16th century house has been beautifully restored to reveal its rich and varied history, with areas of mending and new intervention clearly visible. Mole Architects has also added a wholly contemporary addition as an effective foil. This provides a set of spaces – kitchen, garden room and master bedroom – that are complementary but quite different in character from the original house.

Designed to Passivhaus standards, the dwelling’s enhanced building fabric ensures a measured energy performance that addresses the RIBA 2025 benchmark. The project’s most significant carbon reduction credential however was the strategy to restore the derelict house, extending its life and adding value to the surrounding community.

  • Friars
    Friars Credit: David Butler
  • Friars
    Friars Credit: David Butler
  • Friars
    Friars Credit: David Butler
  • Friars
    Friars Credit: David Butler
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