Deborah Berke Partners transforms historic insane asylum into boutique hotel

Guests can stay overnight in former patients' rooms at this late 19th-century building constructed as a mental hospital, which New York studio Deborah Berke Partners has partially restored and redesigned as a hotel.

BKK Architects

Project credits:

Architects: BKK Architects Builder: Aspekt Construction Group Structural: Kersulting Landscape: John Patrick Landscape Services: NJM Consulting Building Surveyor: Group II Traffic and Waste: Cardno Signage: MASS ESD: Urban Digestor DDA: Nick Morris Access Consulting

Mondrian-inspired new build in Somerset

Words: Ben Webb, Photography: Mark Bolton

When Max and Diana Aiken spotted a drab Fifties bungalow on a tricky plot of sloping land in the greenbelt near Bath, Somerset, they visualised a very different building – a Modernist light-filled and imaginative two-storey dwelling. The interior, too, would be creative and contemporary. ‘We wanted spaces not rooms, divisions not walls, and vertical and horizontal surfaces to display art, sculpture and ceramics,’ recalls Diana.

It was an ambitious plan. The new-build had to comply with key planning issues that meant it could be no higher or larger in volume than the existing unprepossessing bungalow. The couple also wanted it to fit happily in its rural surroundings. The solution was to build a steel and timber-framed house over multiple floor levels that is clad in frake hardwood, which, over time, turns a subtle silvery grey like the lias limestone of local buildings.

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