This project reconstructed a ruined 15th century Tower House that sits adjacent to the Forge House. Forge
and Tower have been reconnected at two levels to be used as one large dwelling or, with openings closed
between, the Tower can be rented as unique holiday accommodation with separate entrance and individual
The main facade is a faithful reconstruction of the original edifice including matching medieval stone carving
to replace missing pieces (see making section) and a traditional roof form to resonate with the village setting.
Windows in the side facade are carefully orchestrated to enjoy the stunning view of the Dordogne valley. The
topography at the back of the Tower provides the opportunity for interesting spaces and features. A bridge
connects the main living level to a high level garden and passes over a sunken courtyard. Overlooking the
gardens a terrace for the main bedroom is tucked under the eaves of the cantilevered roof.
The interiors are a contemporary set of living spaces that take their cue from the original architecture.
Elements of the old ruin are embedded in the new. The thickness of the walls is expressed while extensive
glazing lets abundant light in and allows a panorama above the adjacent rooftops.