Natural Environment

Buildings & Gardens in Harmony

To celebrate the start of British summertime, Atkinson Architects recently enjoyed a staff day out to visit several of our completed and current projects in Devon and Cornwall. We focussed particularly on how our architecture and landscape design dovetail with each building, not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also a technical one. […]

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Projects in Paintings

Atkinson Architects’ research into the history and evolution of our project sites which often reveals fascinating insights. Several of our properties and their settings have been painted by world-famous artists over the past two centuries. Understanding the heritage value and context of all our sites is an important aspect to inform future design. The main

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Outdoor Living Research

Atkinson Architects are part of a global research initiative (led by The Wellcome Trust) to promote the importance of outdoor living. Seeking to apportion tangible and measurable values to scientific health data. Our specific research topic relates to properly designed external space and its relationship with the architecture. It is a rather obvious connection, but

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Iconic Modernism at Dartington Estate

Atkinson Architects are working on the internationally significant Modernist 1930’s house at Dartington Estate near Totnes. Part of an iconic series of dwellings designed by Lescaze and Henning for the Elmhirst family along Warren Lane. We are in the design and planning stages to renovate the Grade II Listed dwelling and surrounding gardens for new

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Architecture and Landscape

Atkinson Architects consider the landscape context and garden design of equal importance to the buildings themselves. Our holistic approach to design seeks to retain the existing landscape character of a place – enhancing it with new planting that is appropriate for the climate. The broad range of locations we have worked on throughout the South

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Scheduled Ancient Monument Projects

Atkinson Architects have been appointed over the past decade to work on several Scheduled Ancient Monument sites across Devon and Cornwall. Our thorough approach to research and design has ensured the successful conservation of these landmark locations. The varied building types have included: A 17th century farmstead at Ditsworthy on Dartmoor, with rabbit warrens, beast

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Ancient Monument Projects

Conservation Design & Energy Enhancements

Atkinson Architects have recently completed this sensitive repair of a Grade II Listed farmhouse set within Dartmoor National Park. The project balances two very important aspects: Traditional techniques for scantle slate vertical wall cladding as protection from the rain. Contemporary techniques to improve thermal performance of old buildings through the use of a thick, insulated

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Scantle Slate Insulated Wall Atkinson Architects

Whole Farmstead Approach

Understanding the relationship between barns and the farmsteads they originally belonged to, is an important aspect of Atkinson Architects approach to heritage conservation. Many of our commissions are for grouped farms, such as this one in Loddiswell, The South Hams. We carefully consider how best to re-invigorate and conserve individual buildings for the benefit of

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Atkinson Architects Devon Listed Farmhouse Extension

Lock Keeper Cottage & the noble Allis Shad

Atkinson Architects are working closely with The Canal & River Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust and Natural England to protect the very rare and beautiful Allis Shad freshwater fish.  Our site at Lock Keeper Cottage on the banks of The River Tamar is itself a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Listed Building – but also the only

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old cottage in a valley next to river

Steps & Staircase Design

A selection of our recently completed projects focussing on different types of steps. Always a great design opportunity, ranging from contemporary, minimalist through to traditional joinery and metalwork. Whether they are external garden steps or internal staircase, our emphasis will always be on high-quality materials and exquisite detailing. The projects shown here include Plymouth limestone,

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Georgian stairs looking down
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